La Chiboise 2013 Luberon Blanc is a limited supply wine at good old Trader Joes. I saw it hanging out on the bottom shelf with a $4 price tag. I thought what do I have to lose! I’m not sure I’ve ever had a bad white wine from France. This one happens to be a case worthy daily drinking dynamo!
La Chiboise 2013 Luberon Blanc comes in at 13% ABV. The wine is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Ungi Blanc, and Roussanne. It was aged Sur Lie in steel. I chilled the wine down to about 45 degrees and used a stemless white wine glass for tasting. I highly recommend a Corkcicle for this one due to the acid. When I opened the bottle I got a good whiff of minerals and orange blossom. The wine is mid toned gold with a citrine sheen.
La Chiboise 2013 Luberon Blanc has a fairly perfumed nose with a ton of minerals, apples, nectarines, orange blossom, lemon, and white pepper. The flavor of the wine is very similar but there are more blossom/wildflower flavors, honeycomb, melon, and just a hint of more fruit though I can’t quite put my finger on the flavor. The finish is moderate in length with loads of minerals, peach preserves, white pepper, and a smoke note. The body of the wine is round but fresh. The acid is a bit high and as the wine warms the acid can take over so this is where proper temperature control comes in.
Overall, I’m pretty smitten with this wine. It’s a bit high on the acid for me personally but it just screams spring in a bottle. The flavors have a certain level of uniqueness that inspires me to buy more! I feel like I’m splitting hairs on the rating giving it an 86 point score but if the acid was slightly more balanced or the finish was longer it would easily get into the 90’s. I’ll be reserving it for fattier fare to the make the acid an asset!
Have you tried La Chiboise 2013 Luberon Blanc? Maybe another of M.Chapoutier’s wines? I’d love to hear your thoughts!