I'm a huge fan of the wines of the neighboring region of Jurançon. These wines are typically made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng -- grapes that are also used in this Côtes de Gascogne blend. It caught my eye, and particularly at $9.99, it was worth a try!
Review: The wine is a bright but pale lemon color, with intense aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, and green plums. The palate is technically dry, but with just enough sugar to give it a soft, round texture. Tropical fruit is the star here: pineapple, green mango, grapefruit. The finish has a hint of bitterness, lending a nice contrast to the fruit.
I do wish there were a bit more acidity in the wine to give it some more brightness, but all in all this is a highly quaffable wine.
Food Pairing: We paired it with leftover meatloaf sandwiches. I think chicken or seafood might be a bit more complementary, but this was just fine.
Bottom Line: Easy drinking, approachable white at a solid approachable price point. Perfect Monday night bottle.
- VINTAGE: 2015
- PLACE: Côtes de Gascogne IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée)
- GRAPES: Chardonnay, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Folle Blanche, Sauvignon Blanc
- BOOZE: 11%
- CELLAR: Drink through 2017
Where did I get it? Mr Whiskers Wine & Spirits, Nashville, TN
What's the damage? Low Priced