La Poulardiere is made by Roger and Olivier Ravoire who own several renowned domaines throughout the Rhone Valley. La Poulardiere is made from their best cuvées in the Cotes du Rhone. These vineyards lie in Sarrians, (not far from Chateauneuf du Pape) which sits on the right bank of the Rhone on the foothills of the Vaucluse-Luberon chain of mountains. Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, looms in the far distance. Wines have been produced in the region since pre-Roman times, and those from the right bank were the favourite wines of kings and the papal community in Avignon.
This lovely white wine is made from a blend of Grenache Blanc (a white variant of Grenache), Clairette (once used in the past to make Vermouth) and Viognier. No one knows where Viognier originates from but legend has it that the Roman Emperor Probus brought it to Vienne in northern Rhone, where it made its home. This much prized grape’s deep mellow flavours are perfectly balanced with the crisp acidity of the Grenache Blanc.
La Poulardiere is an epicurian’s delight as it pairs well with Indonesian satay, mild Thai coconut based curry, seafood such as lobster, crayfish tails, smoked fish and chowders, creamy pastas, chicken, turkey, pork, guinea fowl and both hard and soft cheeses.