THE FRENCH SOUTHWEST
In recent years the vineyards of South West France have benefited, not only from increased consumer awareness, but also from much improved production techniques. Greater dedication on the part of the growers and significant investment in new equipment has been well supported by the banks. Younger generations of winemakers are no longer relying on the family know how, but increasingly going to oenological school, and in more and more cases travelling abroad to see at first hand how other world winemakers have captured large chunks of their export market.
$12 DOMAINE UBY COLOMBARD/UGNI BLANC ‘17 (COTES DE GASCOGNE)
The UBY Estate is situated in the Gers region, on the Landes border, in the district of CAZAUBON and fifteen kms from Eauze, the Armagnac capital. It was in 1920 that the MOREL brothers, scions of a prominent protestant Swiss family of winegrowers, arrived in France and acquired their first estate in the Gers. François MOREL, a son of the family is now the owner of the estate.The vineyard, which stretched over 100 hectares, has been totally restructured and is engaged in a contract of sustainable agriculture. It mainly produces white wine resulting from the judicious blending of typical regional grape varieties such as this refreshing, lively Colombard/Ugni Blanc blend.
$15 georges vigouroux "pigmentum" malbec '17 (cahors)
The Pigmentum 100% Malbec is a selection of the best Malbecs grown on the highest gravely and clay terraces of the Cahors Appellation, situated between the large loops of the Lot River, in the Southwest of France.
$20 chateau peyros (madiran) "vieille vignes" '12 O/S
This property dates back from the 17th century and was bought by Jean Jacques Lesgourgues in 1997. With a new viticulture policy and after major investments, Chateau Peyros is now one of the leaders in the appellation. Beautiful dark ruby color with garnet-red tints.
Generous nose of fresh fruit with hints of plum, cocoa, and light toast. Very soft on the palate, with fruit and grilled flavors. Long finish with fine, round and well-matured tannins. 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc.
$15 chateau peyros (madiran} '14
The Tannat (60%)Cabernet Franc(40%) varietals grow in a rock-hard and iron rich chalky clay soil. This soil is so hard that it takes a pair of oxen to rip it up! To accommodate the oxen, vines are planted more widely apart than normally seen in Europe. The Château Peyros Tannat-Cabernet is produced with vines that are 20-25 years of age. A rich nose of fresh fruit with hints of plum, coffee and cocoa. Soft on the palate, with fruity and roasted flavors. The finish is fresh, ripe, and round.
$12 ALAIN BRUMONT “PETIT TOUROS” (MADIRAN) '14
Concentrated dark purple. Nose of peony with ripe red fruits and earth undertones. Crushed red currant and blackberry, cassis and spice on the finish. Supple tannins. Smooth and elegant. 60% Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon.