Côtes de Gascogne Wine
We first listed the Dèche family's 'Vin de Pays' back in 2005 when we were diving deeper into France's viticultural backwaters in a quest to find great value wines for your - and our - appreciation. The family are traditionally producers of Bas Armagnac but at the end of the 20th century as domestic spirits sales dipped, they sensibly diversified into still wine production by grafting 'improving' (cépages améliorateurs) grape varieties on to exiting Bacco and Ugni Blanc rootstock. Today their Domaine de Millet wines enjoy a loyal following and remain keenly-priced to boot.
The popular white Colombard - Ugni Blanc blend is bottled under screw-cap to conserve its youthful fruit and has an alluring white-currant and wildflower bouquet and zesty, citrus-edged palate. A sibling rosé (also under screw-cap) is made from a blend of Cabernet Franc and Egiodola and has a deep terracotta robe and a wealth of crushed berry scents and flavours preceding a clean, dry finish. A judicious blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot yields a juicy, mid-weight, quaffable red with a soft, stewed forest fruit palate offset by a fresh acidity and gentle tannins. A straight Merlot completes the range with much the same fruit-forward appeal but with a darker black fruit core and briary undertones.