So…who amongst you have heard of the wine making region Côtes de Gascogne? If you answered “yes”, good for you. You graduate “top of the class” and will probably get beaten up at recess. For the rest of us, Côtes de Gascogne is a large (but rather obscure) wine making region in the southwest of France. Think of it as the “no man’s land” between Bordeaux and the regions of the Languedoc and Roussillon. Yet out of this black hole comes a hidden world of fantastic wine values waiting to be discovered.
I often wonder why these inexpensive French wines are so readily passed over by consumers. We all know that the French make some incredible wine. So why (and I am generalizing here) would the average consumer choose an Australian or Chilean wine over a French wine at the same price point? Is it that the French have effectively screwed themselves by hanging their hat on the ultra-premium brands from Bordeaux and Burgundy to the demise of value producers from lesser know regions? Or is it an issue of the consumer getting past the boggy swamp that is the typical French wine label. Either way, these wines are often lost among the “fuzzy bunny” wines that litter the shelves of the LCBO.
So, in defence of the “non” fuzzy bunny wines out there, I introduce the 2008 Domaine des Persenades. Made from a blend of the Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Petit Manseng grapes, this has beautifully balanced flavours of grapefruit, peach, lemon zest and honey. This is a really fresh wine with great acidity and a silky mouth feel. I would recommend pairing it with mussels or a light fish. As for cheese, I would try this wine with Brie or another soft cheese.
At $11.95, 2008 Domaine des Persenades is definitely punching WAY above its weight. I would highly recommend searching out this wine for the upcoming holidays…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think by commenting below.
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