Trader Joe's delivers a Rhone-style white blend for everyone, the Pontificis Viognier Roussanne Marsanne Pays d'Oc IGP.
The Pontificis Viognier Roussanne Marsanne is made by Badet Clement and available exclusively at Trader Joe's in the U.S. It sells for just $6.99. It is imported by Latitude Wines.
Produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon, between sea and mountain, from three local grape varieties Viognier (55%), Roussanne (35%) and Marsanne (10%), Pontificis is an extremely delicate and elegant wine. With aromas of apricots, white flowers and dried fruits, this wine has a long finish and is a beautiful representation of the best of the South of France.
Enjoy at 42F with seafood and poultry dishes, pasta with cream sauces or fresh goat cheese.
The 2017 Pontificis Viognier Roussanne Marsanne begins with aromas of peach, citrus, floral notes, and even a hint of a nutty note. It's quite nice even if a bit shy. Taking a sip reveals this to be tasty, highly quaffable stuff. It's really not complex at all but it has nice depth of flavor on the fruit which turns a bit more tropical in the mouth. It also has a good, smooth and a bit creamy mouthfeel. The wine ends dry, tart and long.
I wouldn't say it's as good of a value as the excellent Pontificis GSM red blend but it's still quite sold at just $7.