The white form of the dark skinned Grenache grape. An important variety in the south of France, especially the Languedoc and Roussillon areas. Often used as a blending grape, Grenache Blanc can be heavy and flabby when coaxed to high yields. More careful management, however, can produce subtle yet rich wines that take well to barrique aging. Honey, almonds and slate aromas and flavors are common. Also an important varietal in Spain where it is commonly found in the blended whites from Rioja, Priorato and Navarre.