Winter Wines from Gascony
John Gilchrist is a former UK Sommelier of the Year and winner of the Mondavi award for the best wine list in the world. Here he gives us some ideas for winter wines from Gascony.
John runs Les Caulins, a gite and cookery school in SW France, with his wife (and chef) Emma.
Emma and John Gilchrist
A good place to start is the Gers, and a selection of wines that brings nothing but happiness at Domaine de Joÿ. All the wines here are seductive and always put a smile on your face. I really like the supersoft and silky red La Vie en Joÿ. Simply enjoy on its own curled up in front of a warm fire or as an aperitif. Juicy fruit aromas and as soft as a blanket on the palate, all finished with a tickle of acidity. While there, for Valentine’s Day, definitely pick up a bottle or two of Brut de Joÿ Rosé. A perfectly balanced floral and fresh pink fizz, with fine bubbles, sweet strawberry fruit, finished with pink grapefruit acidity. domaine-joy.com.
More winter wines from Gascony:
At Domaine de Pellehaut try the Harmonie de Gascony Red made from a blend of six grape varieties; Merlot, Tannat, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Pinot Noir. Bright purple cherry in colour with a buoyant and intense nose of Griottine cherry, blackcurrant and floral spiciness. Very fresh and zingy on the palate followed by sweet fruit with a hint of liquorice, it is a great red to start a meal with and perfect with meaty pâtés and terrines. pellehaut.com
Domaine d’Arton Croix d’Arton Reserve is the perfect red wine for intense meaty winter dishes. The soft, fruity nose from Merlot, with plummy, intense notes from Cabernet and sweet, spicy pepperiness from the Syrah. www.arton.fr
First published in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of The Local Buzz