They were preserved with the care given in these provinces deprived of vineyards to other native products, desirable for their antique perfume, and issued by the presses of Bourgogne, Touraine, Gascogne
, and the South.
After much research and deliberation and with the input of their partner, six times wine importer of the year, ABS (www.abswineagencies.co.uk), Nice source their Pale Rose from just outside Montpellier and their Sauvignon Blanc from Cotes de Gascogne
The Gros stuff pops up in a few areas, but you'd likely get a cheaper example in a Cotes de Gascogne
which is an IGP (Indications Geographique Protege) in the Sud-Ouest.
| Tesco Cotes de Gascogne
Blanc 2017, Southwest France (PS5, Tesco): This fresh, crisp white - a blend of colombard and ugni blanc, local grapes in the style of sauvignon blanc - is surprisingly drinkable, with its fruity, citrusy edginess, squeeze of grapefruit and refreshing, racy finish.
The winemakers of Gascogne
in south-west France make no such mistake, as demonstrated by this great-value white.
Whites under PS5 Chemins de Gascogne
2014, normally PS5 Tesco
The three main appellations are Saint Mont, Madiran and Cotes de Gascogne
, and to open the cellar door of discovery, here are seven signature Plaimont wines.
Plaimont Colombelle L'Original 2014, |Cotes de Gascogne
IGP, France (PS7.70, www.spiritedwines.co.uk) Described by the winemaker as 'modern, fruity and original,' it's made from the colombard grape which has a fruity, crisp character.
So a 2 for PS10 offer in Tesco for some, on the face of it, decent wines stopped me in my tracks as I perused the aisles with my trolley full of curry ingredients It was the Tesco Finest Cotes de Gascogne
that winked at me first.
A few months ago I raved about Domaine de Saint Lannes Cotes de Gascogne
2013 made from an unusual combination of colombard, gros manseng and ugni blanc grapes.