La Courtine Cotes De Gascogne 2020
Intensely fruity, crisp and zesty dry white with a lovely passion fruit and flint nose and concentrated fruit flavours. (2020 - 11% abv)
From what is traditionally Armagnac country in the very rural South-West of France, this area has been revitalised by the innovative and much respected co-operative 'Producteurs des Plaimont', which has had a catalytic effect on the wines produced here. Andr‚ Dubosc has almost single handedly driven the standards of this co-operative up to an internationally recognised level and, in the process, rescued the reputation of the Colombard grape! Colombard had been in decline from the 1960s as it had been sorely mis-used as a reliable base wine for either blending into generic table wines or as part of the production of brandy. However, once investment in new technology had been made and the winery started using innovative techniques imported from the New World (such as picking the grapes at night, rapid pressing to minimise exposure to oxygen, temperature controlled fermentation and scrupulous levels of hygiene in the winery), then this grape variety underwent a rapid re-assessment.
The grapes for this wine are all hand-picked in a careful 'triage' at harvest time with the vines being heavily pruned earlier in the year in order to restrict yields to a surprisingly low level. The wine has also benefited from a superb vintage with optimum levels of ripeness being achieved so, as the grape has a high natural acidity, this means that the fruit, acid and sugar are all in harmony.
Very pale, and crystal clear in the glass and with a lovely grapefruit and flint nose, this wine has very little residual sugar, but the fruit is so concentrated and ripe that the wine seems off dry, but with a lovely clean finish. Delicious !
Cotes de Gascogne, France
Producteurs de Plaimont