At the Guild of Sommeliers master class on South West France that I attended last year, we got to taste wines made of grapes that we’re not very familiar with. Tannat was the star among the reds, but the whites offered some fascinating aromas and flavors as well - wines made from Manseng, Corbu, and others. Eventually I’d like to find another wine from Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh.
Recently I tasted another white from Sud-Ouest, the 2011 Domaine Saint-Lannes Blanc Cotes de Gascogne - it’s a blend of Colombard and Gros Manseng. It’s a very pale color and shows characteristics of lots of fruit, mostly citrus, white peach, kiwi, and a hint of lychee and other tropical fruit. The wine has nice acidity, a very clean and fresh feel and a nice finish. It’s perfect for this warm weather and it’s a fun alternative to the usual whites.
Wines from Sud-Ouest continue to fascinate me - they’re mysterious and enticing with their big aromas and funky earthiness. And this week I was fortunate enough to come upon a Bergerac, yet another Fronton, plus a Buzet and the elusive Irouleguy - so there will be more Sud-Ouest reviews to come.