2010 Domaine Des Cassagnoles Cotes des Gascon Blanc – Wine Wednesday

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This week’s Wine Wednesday is a bright, crisp, zippy white. The wine didn’t pretend to be anything that it wasn’t. It was simple and refreshing and evoked days of summer during the dead of winter.

The Domaine Des Cassagnoles is located in Gascony. I can’t say that I remember having a wine from Gascony before but apparently wines from there were pretty popular during the 1980’s. Since the wine industry is more like the fashion industry than most people would admit and after being the height of fashion in the 1980’s, they cycled out of fashion. Maybe someday we will say the same of Chardonnay.

I didn’t know much about Gascony and so I had to research it. Gascony is in Southeast France near the Pyrenees and is part of the Basque country in France. I also found out that Gascony is home to Foie Gras and Armagnac. Yummy! Now I can add crisp white wines to the list.

The 2010 Domaine Des Cassagnoles is a blend of 50% Colombard, 40% Ugni Blanc and 10% Gros Manseng and sees no time in oak. A blend of grapes that you don’t see every day, especially in the United States.

Clear with a pale lemon color and a watery rim.
Clean with a medium, youthful intensity of lemon, yellow apple, pineapple and white flowers.
Dry, medium plus acidity, medium minus body, medium alcohol and medium flavor intensity of lemon, yellow apple, pineapple, lychee and white flowers. Medium finish.
Good wine. Easy to drink and pairs well with fish and seafood.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Hills Wine Company.

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