jamie goode's wine blog: southwestern white

Sunday, January 28, 2007

southwestern white

The southwest of France rocks. Big time. As well as meaty, bloody, rock-essence reds, it produces some interesting whites, from the likes of the two Mansengs and a range of other unusual white varieties. And because these wines are ignored by points chasers and 'collectors', you and I can afford them.

Latest wine in the tasting queue was Domaine Berthoumieu's 2005 Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec. It's a white wine from the Madiran region, made from old vines. It's a powerful concoction, with a bold nose of herbs, vanilla, nuts and hay. The palate is intense with ripe conference pear fruit and good acidity countering the intense, almost oily flavours. Full of personality, and probably a bit too much for palates that have been weaned on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. It tastes to me as if there has been a good bit of skin contact (not usual with modern white wines) as well as a bit of new oak.

UK availability: Les Caves de Pyrene (www.lescaves.co.uk)



At 2:56 PM, Blogger caveman said...

One of my favorite wines thi syear from always one of my favorite white wine regions... have yopu tried the colliours blanc (folio) from Coume del Mas 2oo5. Grenachs blanc et gris at their very best.


At 2:25 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Sorry Caveman, not tried this - presumably a roussillon wine?

At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Yes - Philippe Gard's wine from vineyards situated between Collioure and Banyuls. Mixed portfolio of grapes: Grenache Gris, Blanc and Vermentino (some Roussanne also) as Grenache Noir, Syrah and Mourvedre. Powerful wines, typical of the schistous terroir reminiscent of the style coming out of Priorato.


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