LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: May 22

We want you to drink only good wine. And to never overpay. Since our kwäf Taste Buds are drinking all the time anyway—we mean, tasting all the time—we’re happy to pick out the super star values and pass them on to you. One good wine at a time, just because we care. Find these wines on sale at the LCBO, and enjoy!  Sign up to receive weekly picks.

Chapoutier 2013 Belleruche Blanc (Rhône, France)

Sale $13.95, Regular $15.95
Discount (until May 25): $2.00
LCBO #245340 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: A field of wild flowers on a warm summer’s day.
Pairs with: Grilled whole sea bass, trout, pickerel; pork chops, veal burgers, cheese plate.
Good for: Exploration—get off the Chardonnay crutch!
Drink this: Now.
Alcohol: 13.5%

Why we're drinking this
Sometimes you just need a change. We love Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc—but there’s a world of wine out there. This is not like any of the above, yet it is eminently approachable. The wine hails from France’s Rhone region, and is made by the venerable Chapoutier family. We love just about anything they do, and this is on the LCBO’s general list, meaning it’s always in stock at most outlets. If you want a house wine that’ll make your guests go “say wha’?” then here you go.

Tasting note
This is so drinkable. It’s got a wonderful weight in the mouth. That’s the Grenache Blanc grape, and it’s bolstered with some Clairette and Bourboulenc. Never heard of them? That’s ok. Just know that they taste good. Expect some peach, pear and white flower blossoms to greet your nose. You’ll taste the same, plus some lime and a little honey, and a bit of wet stone or crushed gravel. That’s the soil talking. And you should listen.

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