2016 Plaimont Colombelle l’Original Blanc, Côtes de Gascogne, France
Score : 83/100
By now, I have had a few 2016 wines from the Southern hemisphere, but I have to admit this wine was my first 2016 Northern-hemisphere experience when I tasted it a couple of weeks ago.
This obviously is not a sign for the overall quality of the vintage in France, but still and enjoyable experience that makes me looking forward to tasting more from this vintage soon 🙂
Since, in a very different style, what is considered to be one of the first wine to hit markets each, the Beaujolais Nouveau came out, and I had the pleasure of reviewing Georges Duboeuf’s.
This white Colombelle l’Original comes from the Côtes de Gascogne area of South-West France, known for producing crisp and zingy white wines with plenty of personality.
It is made from the Colombard grape variety.
So let’s find out how this wine tastes like!
The white wine comes in a rather pale lemon-yellow color. Not very pale, but not so intense, like crisp dry table wines look like in general, with a nice bright appeal.
The nose though is quite talkative. There are rather intense estery fruit characters: fresh pear and banana juice. ripe pineapple, passion fruit, and mango tropical notes too.
When you swirl the wine, more herbaceous characters are revealed: hay, some fresh grass and flinty scents.
The palate is fresh and zesty, with a good balance between a solid acidity well smoothened bya little sweetness even though the overall mouthfeel is dry.
Flavorwise, it is nicely intense, with a blend of the notes mentioned before: tropical, grassy, citrusy.
A fresh, approachable and refreshing white wine delivering plenty of easy-to-enjoy fruit flavors, like a balanced lemon juice, but with more tropical fruit, grassiness, and persistence to it.
A well-made (white technical indeed) dry Blanc wine for the ‘no-complication’ summery meals and gatherings. It is sure to satisfy thirsts and content most palate with its easily appreciated friendly character.