Domaine Chiroulet Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne les Terres Blanches 2009

Member Review by Vicola54:

Have not drank yet. From Dave's Domaine - wine blog - A blend of Gros-Manseng (50%) – one of the indigenous varieties of Southwest France and not often seen here – as well as Sauvignon Blanc (25%) and old vine Ugni Blanc (25%), which is most often used in making Cognac. The latter 2 grapes soak on the skins before fermentation, but not the Gros-Manseng. Partially barrel-fermented, partially fermented in stainless steel vats. Aged for 10 months on its lees. A good match with grilled fish and asparagus.

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Domaine Chiroulet:
150 km south west of Bordeaux, in the middle of the Armagnac region is found Domaine Chiroulet in the little village of Larroque sur l’Osse. The geographic configuration is very similar to Tuscany, with many valleys, it is used to call the Tuscany of France. Situated on the highest slopes in Gascony, at around 180 metres altitude, the Chiroulet estate owes its name to the wind which whistles ... Read more
150 km south west of Bordeaux, in the middle of the Armagnac region is found Domaine Chiroulet in the little village of Larroque sur l’Osse. The geographic configuration is very similar to Tuscany, with many valleys, it is used to call the Tuscany of France. Situated on the highest slopes in Gascony, at around 180 metres altitude, the Chiroulet estate owes its name to the wind which whistles “Chiroula” in the local dialect. They cultivate 45 hectares of vines aged between 10 and 40 years old. The fact that the property faces due south and any diseases are swept away by the winds - their vines have also survived the Phylloxera outbreak in 1893 - means that they produce perfectly ripe and healthy grapes every year. On this rough and generous soil, Domaine Chiroulet takes meticuluous care to make mature wines of character. This chalky-clay base, certain parts of which are composed of fine clay rather like the slopes of Saint-Emilion, is the preferred soil for the Merlot grape which constitutes 50 to 60 % of Domaine de Chiroulet red wines. It gives the wines fleshy red fruit flavour and an intense bouquet, while the Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Tanat grapes provide finesse, freshness and structure. The union between these grapes takes place through early blending in November and by being matured in oak casks for around 12 months. Read less

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Snooth User: Vicola54
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07/15/2011

Have not drank yet. From Dave's Domaine - wine blog - A blend of Gros-Manseng (50%) – one of the indigenous varieties of Southwest France and not often seen here – as well as Sauvignon Blanc (25%) and old vine Ugni Blanc (25%), which is most often used in making Cognac. The latter 2 grapes soak on the skins before fermentation, but not the Gros-Manseng. Partially barrel-fermented, partially fermented in stainless steel vats. Aged for 10 months on its lees. A good match with grilled fish and asparagus.




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