90 Insider Points
The fresh vintage of Terres D’Artagnan white has just landed, and it’s tasting fresh and lively, just in time for summer. This lovely white blend is all about zesty lemon citrus, tropical peach and an interesting guava note on the finish. A very pleasant and easy drinking wine that way over delivers at this refreshing price. Pair with toasted walnut, mandarin orange and gorgonzola salad, or enjoy a glass on its own by the pool. Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ Apr 2016
Cotes de Gascogne
$0 SHIPPING Selection (12+/btls)
Straight off the boat and flown to Members with Free Shipping on every case, this new Direct Import is chockablock with regional character, refreshment and insane value.
The wines of Gascony are set to hit the big time. After all, this is a historic wine region dotted with committed family-owned estates still doing things as they’ve been done for centuries, making hand-hewn bottles from the region’s local grape varieties. As yet, Cotes de Gascogne still goes by the humble IGT category and as yet represents some of the very last real bargains from France. “Party givers will find bargains, especially among whites from the Côtes de Gascogne, in the southwest,” extolls the New York Times. While British critic Jancis Robinson notes: “I found Gascon wines the best value of all in a recent tasting…”
The same grapes that go into fine Armagnac—Colombard and Ugni Blanc—are here vinified into a verdantly fruity, citric white with zero oak influence and a true affinity for food—from shellfish and poultry to unaged cheeses and even salad. A killer Direct Import value that delivers even more bang for the buck thanks to Free Shipping on 12+ bottles.
Reasons why we love it:
Gascony was the birthplace of the Alexandre Dumas hero, D'Artagnan. This famous character was based on real life musketeer Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan, who was born at Castelmore in the Côtes de Gascon region.
Gascony is an ancient grape growing region (established in the Gallo-roman era) in France’s Southwest, perhaps better known for its fortified wines—Cognac and Armagnac—than its table sippers. At this time Gascony whites of the highest quality fall under the Vin de Pays legal title, or in the whole of Europe IGP (Indication Géopgraphique Protégée).
Ugni Blanc is a prodigious grape varietal in France and the very same grape as Italy’s Trebbiano. In Italy it is one of the most widely planted white grapes. In France Ugni Blanc happens to be number one among all white grapes in quantity and is especially noteworthy for quality in the South West. And Colombard is a relative of Chenin Blanc, grown throughout southwestern France as well as in California and South Africa. This variety has enviable natural acidity and typically shows a pronounced tropical fruit flavor.
Very pale straw yellow with silvery-green reflections. Fresh floral and distinctly fruity bouquet of juicy citrus, white peach, nectarine, gooseberry, fruit blossoms and slightly exotic notes of pineapple and banana flavor: on the palate wonderfully refreshing with lots of juicy fruit ( again ripe citrus, stone fruit, pineapple), lively acidity and fine minerality, very refreshing and classy.
DARTAGNAN is the bold fourth musketeer, who is well on the way to this range of at least as spirited, genuine fresh wines. Whether white, red or rosé, Fleur or Réserve, the DARTAGNAN wines Producers Plaimont inspire you with honest varietal character, pure fruit and freshness. The predominantly autochthonous grapes for the red Réserve cuvée come from the approximately 220-acre vineyard in the wine cooperative in the appellation Saint-Mont, in south-west France Gers. Between Toulouse, the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean, the vines enjoy the moist mild maritime climate, which ensures a slow ripening of the grapes and wines of plumper aromatic richness and freshness!
This great wine is suitable as a fresh aperitif or companion to grilled fish and seafood, chicken salad with pineapple, light quiches and vegetable dishes, but also to mild goat cheese.