At $13.95 one can be surprised and delighted at least by the Paul Mas Viognier we recently tried.
Can he deliver with a Rousanne?
It has a pale gold colour.
On the nose a solid blast of peach, apricot, pineapple and honey.
On the palate there is a certain grittiness and traction. This is no flimsy wine but one with body and presence. It has a good underlying acidity which is gentle and rather begs for some seafood particularly shellfish or a chicken stroganoff. Something creamy! There is apricot, marmalade and pineapple on the palate. $13.95 you say? Cheap and cheerful? Not really as a polite term for cheap wine. This goes beyond that and is a true find at a low price. You can find a treasure from southern France. This is one of them.
From the La Forge Vineyard in the Aude Valley on the edge of the Montane Noire.
Drink by the end of 2022.
(Paul Mas Single Vineyard Reserve Marsanne 2018, IGP Pays d”Oc, $13.95, Paul Mas, Peznas, France, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 462457, 750 mL, 13%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 91/100).