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Domaine Dufour Cotes du Gascogne

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DOMAINE DUFFOUR 2013, Cotes de Gascogne

From the label: "Gascony is famous for its Armagnac, but also its excellent white wine whose grapes are grown on rolling hillsides between fields of sunflowers and corn. Domaine Dufour is located in the center of the Gers department of Southwestern France and is owned by Michael Dufour. His wine, made with 70% Colombard, 15% Gros-Manseng, and 15% Ugni-Blanc, offers a tremendously fragrant nose, zesty citrus flavors, light to medium body, crisp acidity, and a clean finish that makes an additional glass hard to resist."

Review from Berry Bros & Rudd, 3 St. James's Street, London

Michel Duffour established this exemplary  Domaine in 1982 and was joined by his son Nicolas in 2005, the latter now responsible for the day-to-day running of the property. The Duffours specialize in local varietals Gros Manseng, Tannat, Colombard and Ugni Blanc, the last of which is also used for the production of Armagnac.

Unoaked, crisp and dry, this is a definitive statement of Gascon chic, with lemongrass, grapefruit and mango on the nose and  behind that slate, sour honey and a whisper from the Atlantic Ocean. Like a plump maritime Sauvignon Blanc, this wine is naturally at home with native oysters and other fruits de mer.

Metro Wines stands behind this standard bearer for summer fun wines. Priced right. A case buy!

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