2011 Domaine de L'Herré Sauvignon Blanc Cotes de Gascogne (Previously $11)

SKU #1131519

From the winery: Created in 1974 in an historic "terroir", Domaine de l'Herré's 130 hectares of vineyards stretch out over the south-facing slopes of a crest, offering an exceptional view of the Pyrenees. Located in the Gers, at the heart of Gascony, next to Eauze, Domaine de l'Herré produces Côtes de Gascogne white wines from a wide diversity of grape varieties: mostly Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gros Manseng and Colombard. The micro-climate of Gascony, the fawn sand soil and high standards set by the people who work it result in fresh wines offering exceptional aromatic strength. The domaine's Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, which are located within close proximity to the Pyrenees, have benefit greatly from the region's warm days and cool nights. The resulting wine is a fresh, zippy and very crisp rendition of Sauvignon Blanc with delicate citrus and mineral nuances.12% abv.

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Southwest France

Alcohol Content (%): 12