Paul Jaboulet has been making cheap French Rhone wine even longer than the Wine Curmudgeon has been writing about cheap wine. In fact, when I did my first $10 article in those long ago days before blogs (it appeared in an airline in-flight magazine, believe it or not), I tasted the Parallele 45 Rouge and didn’t think much of it.
Twenty-some odd years later, Jaboulet has made significant improvements in the quality of its wines, and this white blend (about $15) is a good example. It’s less spicy and oily than other Cotes due Rhone at this price, and it tastes fresher and has more fruit. It still tastes like a white Rhone wine, but should appeal to American wine drinkers who don’t like how heavy white Rhone wines usually are. The rose, though pricey, is also well made.
Serve this chilled with most white wine foods, and it’s even light enough to drink before dinner.