Wine Spectator 88 points!
Saladin Per El Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a gorgeous white wine gem from this famous French appellation better known for its reds. Domaine Saladin is certified organic and practicing biodynamic farming. The Saladin sisters took over the family Domaine Saladin in Saint-Marcel-d'Ardèche from their parents twelve years ago, as it has been passed down from fathers to sons and father to daughters since 1422, producing wines in conformity with organic principles. Marie-Laurence, 35, is trained in agriculture engineering; Elisabeth, 33, has a diploma in commerce. Vivacious, enthusiastic and with strong convictions, they head the small domaine of 18 hectares, worked primarily on terraced red "galets" on the right bank of the southern Rhône.
"Per Èl" was created by Louis Saladin for his wife, Annick. She used to serve the wine at her restaurant, "Le Mazet," located right in the vineyards, which was most recently under the direction of her son, Stephane, until 2009. "Per Èl" means 'For Her' in native Provencal. A blend of 6 grapes: Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Clairette, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc that all come from the same plot and are planted side by side by type, sometimes in full rows or intermingled, on deep soiled terraces (terrasses villafranchiennes du Rhône) made up of 'galet roulés' (large, rounded pebbles).
"A rounded feel lets white peach and yellow apple notes glide along, picking up the lightest of honeysuckle hints through the breezy finish." --James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 88 points!
Enjoy Saladin Per El Cotes du Rhone Blanc with roasted chicken, baked swordfish, and grilled vegetables.