We've had this label before in a Rosé and been quite pleased with it so we thought what the heck, let's try the white.
Le Pas de la Beaume
White Côtes du Rhône
Grapes: Grenache Blanc (65%), Clairette (20%), Marsanne (15%)
Aromas: Green apple, honeydew, tropical fruit
Flavors: Green apple, lemon, mineral, butter
On the nose is crisp green apple, honeydew, and something tropical--like starfruit. But, it could be that I just have starfruit on the brain because dhonig said it...(have I ever even had starfruit?) The flavor is quite starkly mineral, with a rather incongruous buttery finish and, as one observer put it, it is "dryer than a cork." This is a food wine, and does have adequate acidity to serve that purpose.
I don't know, I wasn't all that inspired by this one. It's a decent good table wine that goes well with food, but I don't have much to say about it. I know people who like this wine. I think I prefer the Rosé. I couldn't remember having a Grenache Blanc before but, checking back, I see indeed we have, and it seems we enjoyed that one a bit more.