Category Archives: france south-west

Montesquiou VdF 2014

Domaine Montesquiou, Terre de France, Vin de France, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France, (2014) This wine: no ‘L’ prefix lot number, though 50694104:42 is stencilled on the glass; this wine, rather than being dry, at <= 4 g/l residual sugar at fermentation end, … Continue reading

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Montesquiou Jurancon Sec 2015

Domaine Montesquiou, Cuvade Precieuse, Jurancon Sec, AOC Jurancon, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France, 2015 This wine: a blend of 60% petit manseng, 30% gros manseng, 10% camaralet; aged in oak barrels over 10 months, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, Leon Stolarski, … Continue reading

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Ch. de Chambert Cahors 2009

Chateau de Chambert, AOC Cahors, Lot, France, 2009 See my commentary on French vs Argentinian styles. This wine: varietal malbec, natural cork closure, Delilah Fine Foods, £20 (07/16) Consumer tasting note: a strong nose of toasty smoky black berries, spicy … Continue reading

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Dom. Haut Marin Gros manseng Gascogne 2008

Domaine Haut Marin, En Bretagne d’Armagnac, Moelleux Gros manseng, VdP (IGP) Cotes de Gascogne, Gers, France, 2008. Varietal gros manseng, synthetic cork closure, 37.5cl, 11.5% abv, Delilahs, £8 WSET style tasting note Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing … Continue reading

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Malbec styles – Argentina and France

Argentina, Mendoza In Argentina, the ideal sites for malbec are in the Mendoza region, from 1000m up to 1400m; if it is grown low down, it loses acidity and become flabby. Soils are sandy and flood irrigation common, reasons for which … Continue reading

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Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2011

Duc de Termes, Plaimont Producteurs, AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Saint-Mont, France, 2011 Pacherence du Vic-Bilh is coterminous with the Madiran appellation, white Madiran as it were.  A blend of the higher quality petit manseng in the majority with gros manseng. … Continue reading

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Cave de Gan Jurancon Doux 2012

Cave de Gan (co-op), Reserve Royale Jurancon Fruité, AOC Jurancon, Pyrenees-Atlantique, France 2012 Permitted varieties are gros manseng, petit manseng (the higher quality of the two mansengs), courbu and lesser varieties, with the mansengs representing 98% of plantings.  Jurancon can range … Continue reading

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