The bottle is so dark, I thought at first this was a red Côtes du Rhône until I read "white wine" on the back label. The 2010 Rouvre Saint Leger "Laudun" does have the presence of a rouge. It's 100% Viognier, pale yellow with an extravagant nose of ripe apricot and citrus. Lush and creamy, this is a wine to roll around the tongue, savoring every nuance. It's definitely not shy.
I'd pair it with grilled lobster, seared scallops or mussels steamed in a splash of the same wine. You may have to do a little work to track this one down, but at this price, it's worth it.
Region: Côtes du Rhône Villages
Price: $17 to $19
Style: Lush and full
What it goes with: Lobster, scallops, steamed mussels
Where to find it: Buzz Wine Beer Shop in Los Angeles, (213) 622-2222, buzzwinebeershop.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times