From: Gascogne, France
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc, Gros Manseng, Colombard
Taste: This crystalline wine expresses ebullient notes of fresh lime and grapefruit, green apple, white flowers, fresh white peaches, and a very fresh mineral finish. It's the perfect white wine for feeling like invigorated year round.
Pairing: Versatile as an aperitif or alongside a meal, this refreshing wine plays well with everything fresh and from the sea. Some pairing ideas include dishes centered around or incorporating shellfish, fresh sushi, white fish, salads, and basically, anything you’d pair with a youthful white Bordeaux from Entre-Deux-Mers. With that in mind, we’re sharing recipe for Mark Bittman’s Crabby Crab Cakes! The recipe will yield 4 crab cakes & will take roughly about an hour to make.
About. Learn about the Côtes de Gascogne, here.
There are a couple of fundamental things to note about this wine that will help you decipher this label and know its wine. We share this at the risk of sounding patronizing or condescending simply because there is no information about this wine online. First, 'Domaine Brichot' is the name of the producer of the wine. The word 'Domaine' indicates that all the fruit in this bottle comes from vineyards owned by the winery. This can be important information, as it may indicate a higher level of quality. The theory goes as follows: If you own the winery and vineyard, you’re more likely to protect your investment — investment of time, land, etc., to pass on to your children than if you were trying to produce as much fruit as possible to sell to the highest bidder. Of course, this isn’t always true, now more than ever, but that’s the theory.
Next, 'Pierres Blanches' refers to the cuvée name of this wine. Many winemakers will produce more than one wine and indicate their differences by a proprietary name or by named sites. These named sites often point to individual or dominant soil types or specific vineyard sites. They may be referred to as thus by the vigneron, as exampled here, ‘Pierres Blanches’ referring to the white pebbly soil found on this site, or the names could be pointing to geographically recognized sites. Regarding proprietary names, you’ll often see wines honoring the winemaker's mother, father, grandmother, etc., favorite pets, or the flora and fauna found around the vineyards where the vines originate.
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