Monday, October 31, 2016

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne Blanc

Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie de Gascogne Blanc 2015
Gascony, France

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Gascony is a region in southwest France that's more synonymous with Armagnac than with table wine. However, their wines are nothing to sneeze at! This bottle is from Domaine de Pellehaut (also a Armagnac producer). It's made from Chardonnay, plus a whole host of local grapes: Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Folle Blanche, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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.

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Wine Geekery:
  • 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
  • www.pellehaut.com

Where did I get it? Mr Whiskers Wine & Spirits, Nashville, TN
What's the damage? Low Priced

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