Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Millet Colombard - Ugni Blanc 2020
The Domaine de Millet blanc is one of our best-selling wines, despite its humble I.G.P status, as it is unfailingly reliable and gives a lot of bang for your buck. This unashamed crowd-pleaser wine from the Côtes de Gascogne, a blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard, has a bright, zesty palate with a whistle-clean finish and works well as an aperitif or partner to salads and seafood.
The Domaine de Millet Côtes de Gascogne blanc is a dry white wine with grapefruit aromas and refreshingly tangy, unoaked fruit. It is vinified in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats and bottled rapidly to preserve the citrus fruit aromas.
The Gascony region, famous for Armagnac production, is now the source of good country wines. Domaine Millet blazed a trail for many followers, but it remains one of, if not the, best.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Midi, Côtes de Gascogne|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Colombard, Ugni Blanc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||This wine is designed to be drunk young.|
|Vinification||The grapes, grown on alluvial soil, are picked at optimum ripeness and are completely de-stemmed prior to vinification in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. The wine is then fined and filtered prior to spring bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||11.5|
Domaine de Millet (La Famille Dèche)
The Dèche family, whose considerable vine holdings lie just above Eauze in the Midi-Pyrenées, have resided at Château de Millet for over five generations. Today they make a range of Côtes de Gascogne wines on their 50-hectare estate, as well as Floc de Gascogne and Armagnac. Until the late 1980s, the Dèche family were predominantly producers of Bas Armagnac but, as this market diminished, the forward-thinking Francis Dèche began to diversify, planting Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay along with Ugni Blanc to make good, dry, still wines for immediate consumption.
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