89 Marrenon 2008 Chardonnay (Vin de Pays de Vaucluse); $10. A recent discovery, this Chardonnay (yes, Chardonnay)has a striking bouquet of flowers, spices, honey and nuts, then adds a peachy fruit com-ponent on the palate. It’s medium in weight, with a lush texture and a long finish. A super bargain to drin-kover the summer months. Imported by USA Wine Im-ports. Best Buy. —J.C.
« ...Luberon region is a much a higher elevation and therefore cooler and better able to preserve acidity in the grapes. These are fresh, fruit driven wines often with a cirsp edge that feel lighter in weight than most other Rhône whites. As a result they pair well with shellfish and light fish dishes : they’re also excel-lent apéritifs. The dependable La Vieille Ferme from the Perrin family (of Beaucastel fame) and négociant Louis Bernard are widely available, but don’t overlook the fine wines from Marre-non and Château Val Joanis…. »
Wine Enthusiast Magazine April 2010, The Outlying Rhône, by Joe Czerwinski