70% Colombard, 30% Ugni Blanc. Gascogne, France; 13.5% ABV
Purchased 5/8/2013 at the Oakland, CA store
I’ve been trying to do my reviews in the order I got them but wanted to get this out today for the sale because it’s a good candidate for a case buy. Grabbed it based on the decent showing of the Colombelle 2010 red and the fact that I love to try grapes off the beaten track. Colombard and Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano) are the workhorse grapes of Cognac and Armagnac brandies but not known for stunning table wines with aging potential. Both are known for their acidity.
Very pretty nose – strong ripe cantaloupe, flesh and skin, like a summer muskmelon right off the vine. Hints of herbs and hay, slight honey and tropical notes. Ripe palate, some residual sugar here but zingy acidity makes it almost gulpable. Lush feel, deep flavor – melon and herbs again. Not profound or super complex, but the right balance and the unquantifiable deliciousness. Crowd pleaser before dinner. Tiny bit of bitterness at the end, but it’s not really unpleasant. The next day, the rest of the bottle had lost a little of the fruit and now seemed slightly too acidic, so I’d drink it soon and in one sitting. I may have to go back for a few more just because I don’t have anything quite like it in my cellar now. When was the last time you had a really nice Colombard? Give it a try for $3.20!