2016 Famille Sumeire Château Coussin Côtes de Provence Blanc, France
This white wine by Provence producer Famille Sumeire, from their Chateau Coussin estate at the foot of the famous Sainte-Victoire mountain, is made from 100% Rolle grapes (Vermentino).
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This Provence white comes in a delicate lemon-yellow color, of medium intensity, slightly pale making it look elegant, with touches of green hues reinforcing this impression of elegance.
The nose is very lively and zesty, filled with intense fresh yellow grapefruit aromas. There are pungent notes of lime too, really smelling like a freshly-squeezed acidic lemon. Hints of greenness, like acacia leaves, and touches of reduction at first smell.
The palate is dry, with a good zesty acidity, but balanced by perceptible residual sugars. This is a dry white, but a trained palate will detect some obvious sweetness that accentuates the wine’s pungent upfront fruitiness.
Plenty of lemon flavors, leaning towards the orange notes. It is somewhat exuberant on the citrusy flavors. They are so pronounced and amplified by the residual sugars I have to admit being a little disconcerted by such an unexpected style. Discrete notes of reduction are a little sticky and unnecessarily weighing the whole, to my sensitive palate.
A refreshing zesty white wine, packed-full of intense lemony flavors, to enjoy simply as an aperitif or with summery entrée dishes, light salads and fresh seafood.