Thursday, August 6, 2015

New Wine a 50/50 Blend

by Jim Lannen

It is finally August, and a new month means it's time to introduce a new varietal to our wine by the glass program. Without further ado, we introduce you to a chardonnay/sauvignon blanc blend called Domaine du Tariquet Cote from France.

Normally these two grape varietals are featured on their own, but this one splits it right down the middle... 50% chardonnay and 50% sauvignon blanc.

Chardonnay is one of the most common varietals out there. You will usually get a rich, round, buttery, mouthfeel with this grape. Sauvignon blancs are known for being bright, fresh, and aromatic. Put these together as they co-ferment, and this is where you taste a crisp, acidic wine with that round, full finish. It almost melts on the back of the mouth.

Usually you see these two grapes blended with others such as semilon or chenin blanc. Here you get to see both distinguishable characteristics of each blended into one delicious glass of wine. Cote from Domaine du Tariquet is an excellent medium-bodied white wine that will not be on our list for long.

Domaine du Tariquet has a long, rich history that begins in the early 1900's in the Gascony region of France. The region’s temperate climate plays a crucial role in grape growing with its mid-August warm days and cool nights. Originally a big producer of brandy, Domaine du Tariquet tried its hand at wine making in the early 1980's.

After producing grapes for wine and brandies for over 100 years, this winery has emerged as a pioneer in the wine world. Their winery also promotes green practices, from organic manuring to demineralized water.  The resulting water lowered ph level, in turn, limiting pesticide treatments and reducing sulphites in the wines itself.

Stop in the next few weeks to sample a great glass from a green winery.  This may be your only chance to experience the marriage of two beloved varietals!

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