Roussanne is a white wine grape grown originally in the Rhône wine region in France, where it is often blended with Marsanne. Church and State is one of a few wineries in British Columbia's Okanagan that grows Roussanne.
The wine is soft and fresh having a light yellow colour with a golden reflection. The wine is expressive on the nose with scents of ripe stone fruit, butter, almond, and vanilla. The flavours are carried through out and are more pronounced with each sip.
Mr Liao purchased the winery in late 2017. He is a passionate wine lover and wonderful owner who allows his managers the freedom to lead with their own style. He has recently employed General Manager, Dan Degryp and Caroline Lachapelle as Operations Manager to steer the ship. Winemaker Arnaud Thierry came on in early 2018 and finished off all the 2017 vintages in the cellar. He was born in Bordeaux and went to school in Champagne 22+ years ago. He was all but born into the wine industry.
Church and State wines actually has two locations. The Okanagan winery is perched on the edge of the infamous Coyote Bowl in the Oliver-Osoyoos wine region. The original winery is located on Vancouver Island. Roussanne is grown in the Okanagan.
The winery has 100 acres of low yield vineyards producing 12,000 cases of wine. According the the BC Grape Crop Report for 2019, there were 43.6 tons of Roussanne. This is 0.5% of the white grape tonnage.
I would give this 2017 Roussanne a 92
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