2015 Domaine de Rieux Cotes de Gascogne Blanc
The Domaine de Rieux vineyards were purchased in 1963 by the Armagnac producing Ch?teau de Tariquet. This famous property had belonged to the Grassa family since 1912, and a new generation, Yves and Ma_t_, had just taken over the year before. Seeing the bulk market for surplus production of Armagnac base wine drying up, they decided to diversify into light winemaking. Yves Grassa pioneered the conversion of these inexpensive white wines from Armagnac into a clean, fresh, intense fruity style of tremendous appeal; even to the consumers of the world's finest wines. In the early 1980's, he employed the now-famous Denis Dubourdieu as a consultant, and together they developed the novel technique of cold, anaerobic 'maceration pelliculaire'. The techniques pioneered here have been copied all over Europe to improve the standard of light, dry white winemaking.
The property surrounds the family house and each varietal is planted in the most suitable plot of land. With 350 hectares (about 800 acres) they have a wide variety of soil type. The land is all in the eastern corner of Bas-Armagnac in the Southwest of France in Gascony. Today, the Grassa family continues to run both Tariquet and Domaine de Rieux as a tribute to their history.
The wine is marked by a purity and intensity of fruit, both on the nose and palate. Light and bright in color, the Domaine de Rieux offers impressions of mango, lime, peach, apricot and exotic fruit. But the real treat is the balance, with racy citric acidity providing a freshness and perfect counterfoil to the exuberant fruit. On the finish is a touch of chalkiness attributed to the soil in the region.
Light and bright in color, the Domaine de Rieux offers impressions of mango, lime, peach, apricot and exotic fruit. But the real treat is the balance, with racy citric acidity providing a freshness and perfect counterfoil to the exuberant fruit.
60% Ugni Blanc
Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne
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