This lovely wine defies the seasonal description of crisp, refreshing
whites as “summer sippers,” for it is really worth drinking year
’round. From southwestern France, this is a blend of two-thirds Gros
Manseng, with the rest Petit Manseng and un petit peu of
another little known regional grape called Corbou, fermented and aged
primarily in stainless steel. It bursts with flavors of white peach and
juicy melon, and coats the palate with a velvety texture and a long,
fruity finish. There is a smidge of sweetness to round out the fruit (if
you just wondered “How much residual sugar?” – get a life!).
I’ve enjoyed this wine by the glass at Cork, the super trendy wine bar in Washington, D.C. It is also available retail at Arrowine in Arlington, Va. Imported by Wine Traditions of Falls Church, Va., a specialist in high-value wines from France.