This Vin de Pays or “country wine” from southwest France comes from the Gers region of Armagnac, just south of Bordeaux. The producers follow stricter standards and procedures to distinguish their wines from simpler table wines known as Vin de Table. Regarded for its white wine production (91%), this region uses varietals Colombard and Ugni Blanc in Armagnac for their brandy production and in their Cotes de Gascogne designated white wines. Other varietals in the area include Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, Muscadelle, Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng and Len de l’El. The label does not specify percentages or varietals, but this bottle made by the famous Grassa family, tastes like pure summer.
It’s also what I would consider a “lunch wine.” At 11% alcohol, it’s refreshing and lively, and not nap- inducing after one glass. Lots of delicate, yet lush lime and limestone minerality make this an easy drinker. This begs for seafood in any form, fare like prosciutto and melon, and deli sandwiches served up with Dijon mustard. It’s quite light in body, but its snappy acidity makes the mouth water enough to handle food pairings like roasted chicken and pork loin. With the last light of summer fading, I’m still enjoying white wines on these fine Fall days.