2017 Château Mourgues du Grès Terre d'Argence Blanc
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Tasting note Mourgues du Gres
Full dry white wine from the South of France. Follow-up color, powerful aroma with nuances of ripe to overripe yellow fruit and honey. The taste is full, round and persistent, with mild acidity and a long, aromatic aftertaste. Ready to drink from at least 1 year after harvest, easily 3 to 4 years.
François and Anne Collard of Domaine Mourgues du Grès make their wines in Costières de Nîmes, between the Rhône and the Camargue. The grapes for their Terre d'Argence line come from vineyards with old sticks, which ensures richness and concentration. That is what the name Terre d'Argence refers to, as well as the silver sheen of the rustling leaves of the olive trees in the vineyard.
The blend for the white Terre d'Argence is special: it is a combination of Rhône grapes viognier and rousanne and the aromatic Sud-Ouest grape petit manseng. Because the latter grape is not allowed in the AOC Costières de Nîmes, the wine is 'declassified' to IGP Pont du Gard. A lesser wine, however, is anything but!
Because the sticks are old, the yields are low and the grapes therefore very concentrated in taste. After fermentation, where no sulphite is used, the wine ripens for another year, a third part in wooden barrels. It gives a lush, rich white wine, with ripe fruit, roundness and minerality. Drink it preferably with meals, from poultry and white meat to curries and spicy cheeses.
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