Domaine de Mirail - 2009
Appellation: Cotes de Gascogne
Yield : 3.25 tons per acre
Vines: 20 years old, clay-limestone hillside soil
100 cases of 750 ml
Harvest date: September, 2009 - Residual sugar : < 2 g/l
Harvested during the night to allow cold skin maceration 100 % destemmed. Fermentation in stainless steel under controlled temperature. Wine aged on lees for 4 months.
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTSVerve French Colombard comes from the "Domaine de Mirail" located in the heart of Gascony in southwest France. The specific site is in the Cotes de Gascogne region. Fermentation occurred in stainless steel, with the temperature stabilized to a very cool 59-62 degrees Fahrenheit in order to preserve the floral aromatics and fresh tropical and citrus fruit characteristics. Four months ageing on the lies adds a hint of creaminess and roundness to the wine's texture, but does not mask the racy acidity typical of French Colombard from the Cotes de Gascogne. Served well-chilled, Verve French Colombard will prove a classic match with fish, oysters and other shellfish, salad or goat cheese.