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(2020) Typical varieties for this region of Southwest France, Colombard and Gros Manseng, were harvested during the night for maximum cool freshness, which gives this wine a bright, punchy and elderflower-scented Sauvignon-like aromatic, some of those thiols giving a touch of cat's pee on a gooseberry bush, a phrase so memorably coined by Oz Clarke to describe New Zealand's Sauvignons Blanc. The palate has both a ripe, tropical fruit lushness and streaming, citrussy acidity, the whole thing light, bright and straighforward verging on obvious, but it does a fine summer-in-the-garden job. Look out for discounts, as it is often available with 50p or £1 off. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2017) A blend of Colombard and Chardonnay, with drops of Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng and Ugni Blanc, this plays the pungent, elderflower and passion fruit character to the hilt aromatically, but perhaps it's the Chardonnay that adds a little more peachy richness and weight to the mid-palate, plenty of zingy tropicality too, a real fireworks mouthful of wine to sip on its own, or pair up with a goat's cheese salad or soufflé.
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