Thursday, February 12, 2015

Domaine des Cassagnoles 2013 Reserve Selection Cuvée Gros Manseng, Cotes de Gascogne

Gros Manseng

This low-priced French gem was procured at Morgan & York in Ann Arbor for about $12. We’re always on the lookout for interesting whites and this was recommended by a staff member.

Cotes de Gascogne is a wine growing district in Gascony in the southwest of France. The region is known mostly for its white wines.

Our initial tasting reaction is that this offers all the fruit notes of a Sauvignon Blanc without the mind-bending acidity. This is a nice and easy sipper.

The flavor notes are of fruit, fresh flowers and apricot. It is medium bodied with a fresh and delicious taste.

At this price, it could be a “go to” everyday white. It will pair well with fish and poultry dishes.

I’m not sure what exactly makes this a “reserve selection,” but it certainly delivers on taste and value. It’s also an opportunity to check out Gros Manseng, an offbeat white that is work discovering.

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Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 4 of 5

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