Chateau L’Ermitage Costières de Nîmes Blanc 2010

Spring is in bloom — and the perfect pairing is a floral white wine.

For crisp, refreshing white wines that have lovely floral flavors look to the south of France. Grapes from the Rhône region (most notably Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier) produce aromatic wines that can make you feel like you are sticking your nose into a bouquet of flowers, not just your glass.

Kick off spring with a bottle of Chateau L’Ermitage Costières de Nîmes Blanc 2010. Costières de Nîmes is an AOC in the southwestern part of the Rhône region surrounding the city of Nîmes.

The wine is a blend of 60% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc and 20% Viognier.

The Chateau L’Ermitage Blanc is a medium bodied white wine. Stone fruit and floral aromas expand on the palate, with supple flavors of white flowers, honeysuckle, peach, white apricot, golden pear and lychee. The finish is clean and satisfying.

Pair the Chateau L’Ermitage Blanc with halibut, sea bass and other white fish; salads, spicy Asian cuisine, or olive oil or cream-based pasta dishes. It’s also great as an aperitif for sipping on a warm spring afternoon.

A bottle of Chateau L’Ermitage Costières de Nîmes Blanc 2010 costs approximately $11.

13% alcohol by volume

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