Nobody will argue with you if you claim that Alsace makes the best gewürztraminers anywhere. While just about everything else in the world of wine is disputable, the supremacy of Alsace gewürztraminer is unassailable. Of course, you might not be a fan of this extravagantly scented love-it-or-hate-it variety, but that’s another matter.
No other region in the world can match Alsace for explosively spicy, fruity gewürzes. A good Alsace gewürztraminer combines aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruits, rose petal, lichee, sweet brown spices (the gewürz prefix in German means spicy) and grilled bacon or smoked meat. While some wines tend to be more floral and others more fruit-driven, most examples of both types are spicy, aromatic, flavorful, low in acidity and rather full-bodied. Floral gewürzes are usually lighter and more delicate while fruitier versions are more often thick, even oily in texture. Since each producer tends to make one or the other style, knowing a little bit about the maker—and your own preferences, of course—will go a long way toward ensuring that you select the right wines for you.
The Vignobles Montagnac are located in the Hérault, 15 kilometers from Montpellier, on the edge of the Mediterranean. 750 growers cultivate and vinify 2220 hestares on two sites : Montagnac and Loupian. Annual production is 150,000 hectoliters (1,9 million cases).
Historically, it is the largest unit of production in the region. The quality of the wines comes from the diversity of the soils which stretch from the Thau lake to the valley of the Hérault.
The whole is dominated by the atmosphere of a Mediterranean climate, which is ver y well suited to vine cultivation.
The geological layers alternate between ancient alluvial matter, soils of volcanic origin, molasses and chalky marl with red nodules which are speciﬁc to the terroir.
Grown on sunny slopes it has fruity notes, is mouth ﬁlling, fresh and complex.This is the perfect expression of a Mediterranean Chardonnay, with its fruit drawn from
ver y ripe grapes, whilst retaining freshness and live lines. Not at all heavy, this Chardonnay from the south has an elegant balance which makes it very palatable.
FOOD & WINE PAIRING:
Excellent with grilled ﬁsh.
Main course : blanquette of veal, scallops, chicken supreme
with cream, grilled salmon steaks.
Cheeses : Brie de Meaux, feta, parmesan
Desser t : fresh fruits, pineapple charlotte
From an exceptional family heritage, it would take two generations to extract the best. Croix de Marsan white Bordeaux wine is a second wine from Château de Marsan. Eric and Philippe Gonfrier have devoted all their time and energy to developing this domain.
New acquisitions, selection of terroir to give the best possible expression to the wine, very sophisticated vinification cellars; in short, nothing is left to chance in order to provide the customer with total satisfaction.
All possible means are brought into play in order to produce this remarkable Bordeaux Supérieur.
Les Vignobles Gonfrier were qualified as using «Agriculture Raisonnée» in June 2005. This is an approach that concerns all the sectors of the activity, from planting the vine to the finished product in its packaging. The principal goal is to limit the impact our working methods we have on the environment.
Straw-yellow colour with shiny tints. A very fruity nose with aromas of peach and exotic fruits. A lovely wine which has a supple and soft finish. This is a wine that goes as well with fish and sea food and goat’s cheese.
Food & wine pairing :
Avocado, seafood, raw vegetables, stuffed crab, Panna Cotta, Pineapple
Gravels and silt
Grape varieties :
50 % Sauvignon
50 % Sémillon
Average age of the vineyard :
The harvest is pressed after some hours of maceration. The fermentation is carried out with selected yeasts and kept at a low temperature for 8 to 10 days depending on the vintage.
Muscadet is the key appellation of the Pays Nantais, the district of the western Loire Valley around Nantes, on the central western coast of France. The name covers exclusively white wines made from Melon de Bourgogne (or simply Melon) – the variety that was traditionally called Muscadet. The similarity between the name Muscadet and that of the Muscat grape family is sometimes the cause of confusion, but a single taste of a crisp, dry Muscadet wine will confirm that it is definitely not made from Muscat grapes.
Petit Chablis is an appellation for white Chardonnay-based wines produced in Chablis and the surrounding communes. The appellation was created in 1944 to cover those wines not included in the standard Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru titles.
The key difference between Petit Chablis and its more prestigious brothers is found in the soil where the vines are grown. While the more respected wines come from vineyards with Kimmeridgian soils, Petit Chablis is produced from vineyards planted in Portlandian soils. The difference between the two soil types may seem negligible, but the subtle balance of clay and limestone is essential to the wine-growers of Chablis.