28/11/04 – Rive Haute (France) Reserve

Rive Haute (France) Reserve
This is a very unusual wine from Les Producteurs Plaimont in Gers, Gascony, in south west France. It is classified as ‘Vin de Table’ because it does not fit within the regulations of the AOC or Vin de Pays, being a non-vintage blend of Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon blanc, with a dash of Chardonnay. I tasted it before knowing this, and really couldn’t put a finger on the grape or grapes, but knew it was a lovely wine. The nose has definite hints of floral and musky character, with downy, sweet peach fruit and notes of ripe pear. On the palate it is quite mouthfilling, with the Sauvignon dominating, to give crisp, juicy, but quite tropical lychee and mango flavours with a big streak of grapefruit adding lots of verve and freshness. The Chardonnay rounds out the finish with a little sour apple and herbal note, in a very savoury but drinkable wine, that is particularly distinctive. £7.99 The Orginal Wine Co