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(2023) From an estate run by the Ferret family for six generations, this wine comes from Armagnac country, where more and more estates are adding table wines to their brandy production. Composed of 80% Colombard and 20% Sauvignon Blanc, the nose is all about typical Sauvignon aromatics of elderflower, passion fruit and gooseberry, before a ripe and fresh palate where juicy and zippy grapefruit is the driving force. There is a hint of nectarine sweetness through the mid-palate, before citrus - mainly grapefruit- kicks in once more.
(2023) The very high quality cooperative of Plaimont are dedicated to preserving local varieties of the French South West, in this case a wine made from 25-year-old Gros manseng, Petit Courbu and Arrufiac. Some skin maceration has added melon rind and lemon notes to otherwise peachy-ripe fruit. The palate is like some cross between a juicy orange and burstingly ripe peach, succulent and fleshy, yet with mouth-watering clarity. What a lovely little all-rounder white wine. Watch the video for more information.
(2023) The Plaimont cooperative in Southwest France produces this crisp but easy-drinking white from Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng.  With only 11.5% it's a lighter, summery style, but some skin maceration adds a little texture and complexity. Fresh, melon and lime aromas run to a palate that echoes that along with some tropical guava. A nicely pithy lemon acidity and perhaps the merest smidgen of residual sugar just softening the finish to let the fruit show through. On roll-back to £6 at time of review. Watch the video for more information.
(2021) Producer Leroy Chevalier appears to be a négociant bottling wines from various appellations, and the grape varieties here are unstated buy most be local varieties such as Mauzac and Muscadelle. Pale green in colour, the nose is pretty and attractive with the floral and leafy, soft green herbal notes, a touch of elderflower typical of this region's dry whites. The palate is bright, softly-fruity and the epitome of easy-drinking, with a nice juicy tangerine core of acidity for a very pleasant summery mouthful of wine. Part of Lidl's summer wine tour 2021.
(2020) The entry level for the white wines tasted here is a blend of 70% Gros Manseng, 25% Petit Courbu and Arrufiac. Lovely and appealing nose, plenty of zippy but tropical fruit, peach and nectarine over-flowing with these primary aromas, then a lovely hint of oiliness to the texture, a real bitter orange tang to the acidity, pithy and zesty, and a keen, long edge to the finish. Great value and very stylish.
(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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