Les Crouzes, Colombard, IGP Comte Tolosan, France, 2011
Comté Tolosan, covering south-west France, is one of the 6 big regional IGPs (equivalent to Vin du Pays), the complete list being, roughly from north to south:
- IGP Val de Loire
- IGP de l’Atlantique (Bordeaux and Charente).
- IGP Comtés Rhodaniens (Northern Rhone Valley, Jura and Savoie).
- IGP Comté Tolosan (South-west).
- IGP Pays d’Oc (Languedoc-Roussillon, from the Spanish border Eastwards to the Rhone Valley, including the right bank of the Southern Rhone, e.g. Tavel and Lirac).
- IGP Méditerranée (South-east – left bank of Southern Rhone e.g. Chateauneuf-du-Papes and Rasteau; Provence and Corsica).
Varietal. Coated cork closure, 11.5% abv, about £7, The Co-op.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of orchard fruit as fresh apple puree, and lemony grapefruit citrus, with a curious waxy note like dried mulberries.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin, medium alcohol, light bodied, with a medium (-) intensity, with a floral note, then russet apple and grapefruit. A short length with a clean, slightly gummy finish.
Quality – a wine of acceptable quality, with balanced acidity and alcohol, which are harmonious with the flavour intensity; though altogether rather simple and lightweight in character, with modest intensity, concentration and complexity, with a short finish. Ready to drink now, will not improve with keeping, and should be consumed within 2 years.