White & Sea Colombard – Sauvignon Blanc, Gascony, France 2019



The grapes for this lively, vibrant white wine are sourced from vineyards in Gascony in southwest France where the cooler climate is perfect for these native grapes. The vines are around 40 years old meaning smaller yields of great quality grapes. Gascony is often underrated as a wine-producing area, but alongside Bordeaux many people believe the wines are better value, offering the same taste and quality for a generally reduced price.

Gascony is famous for its slow country lifestyle, a part of France far away from the hustle and bustle. As well as excellent wines, Gascony is well-known for its great food. This area of France is almost completely rural and offers a natural escape from the nearby cities of Toulouse and Bordeaux. It is very close to the beautiful Pyrenees mountains, where the terroir is ideal for growing excellent winemaking grapes.

This wine is a blend of 70% Colombard and 30% Sauvignon Blanc. The Colombard grape is native to the Gascony area, and was originally used for distilling into Armagnac and Cognac. Nowadays, Colombard is used to make fruity white wine, which can be dry or sweet. This example is dry, vibrant and exuberant. It is fresh packed with citrus and tropical aromas with lemon, green apple and a hint of passion fruit and guava on the palate. It is balanced by refreshing acidity and a lovely zesty finish.

Delicious chilled as an aperitif or with any seafood dishes particularly the fresh shellfish which you get in Gascony like mussels, oysters, lobster and crab. Alternatively try with chicken ceasar salad or asparagus risotto. Although this wine is bursting with flavour, it is light bodied so you need to pair with a lighter dish as to not overpower the wine.

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