Domaine Horgelus Sauvignon/Gros Manseng, Cotes de Gascogne
£9.99

Country : France

Grape Varieties : Sauvignon; Gros Manseng.

Wow, this wine will blow your socks off! Positively oozing with passionfruit and gooseberry flavours, fresh acidity and elegance. Forget Marlborough and give this a go, you won't regret it.

Tasting Note : Very aromatic on the nose, with floral and citrus notes. On the palate the wine bursts into life with refreshing, tangy acidity, bags of gooseberry and lime flavours and a mouth-tingling finish.

Food Pairing : This is definitely a wine that can be enjoyed without food – on a sunny day at the right time of year, or gossiping with friends. Food-wise, pair with fish and chips, moules marnieres, smoked salmon salad.

More info : This wine is sourced from Domaine Horgelus in the Cotes de Gascogne area of South West France. Previously better-known for the production of Armagnac, some of the still wines now being produced in this area are a revelation. The whites are characterised by their very crisp acidity and vibrant fruit, the reds are fairly structured but elegant. With the current trend of consumers preferring their white wines light and fresh (and not too high in alcohol), rather than rich and oaky, this area is guaranteed to go from strength to strength.

Winery : Joseph le Menn established Domaine Horgelus in 1978 when he moved to Gascony from his native Brittany – attracted by the weather and the lifestyle of the South West. The estate, now 90 hectares in size, is currently run by Joseph's son Yoann, one of a generation of young winemakers who are bringing modern techniques to traditional wine estates. Yoann's main focus is on preserving the freshness and aromatics of the wine by avoiding oxidation. For this reason the grapes are picked between 3 and 11am, avoiding the heat of the day, and the juice is protected by CO2 which is a natural by-product of fermentation. The resulting wines are bursting with freshness and exotic fruit.