Côtes de Gascogne IGP

Côtes de Gascogne

Domaine de Saint-Lannes

Domaine de Saint-Lannes, located in the centre of Gascony, has been owned by...

the Duffour family for several generations. Michel Duffour took over the estate in 1971 and his approach is very much based on quality rather than quantity. By reducing yields and working meticulously in the winery he has made this estate one of the best and most consistent in the area. Today, Michel's son Nicolas has fully taken over the estate.

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Vineyards

Domaine de Saint-Lannes spreads across the sprawling slopes so typical of the region. The surface under vine is 49 hectares with a clay and limestone soil which is an ideal site for the white grape varieties grown there. The south facing slopes ensure early ripening as well as perfect drainage. The continental climate, hot summers and cold winters, is beneficial for the healthy development of the vegetative cycle of the vines. The average age of the vines is 27 years.

Vintage Information

A very rainy flowering period, with particularly heavy rain and storms in June, resulted in a reduced yield of 15-25%. Wines from the 2013 vintage are fresh and relatively low in alcohol compared to recent years.

Vinification

On arrival at the winery, the grapes were cold soaked for 15 hours and left on the lees for seven days at 10°C. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tank at 16-20°C for 10-20 days, depending on the grape variety. The wines were held separately until blending in January following the vintage. The first bottling took place in the third week in February, with the second following a month later, ensuring that the wine is as fresh as possible, while the Stelvin closure eliminates cork taint.

Tasting Notes

Pale yellow with silvery glints and a youthful rim. Vibrant aromas of lively citrus and exotic fruit on the nose give way to a fresh, nicely balanced palate and long finish that is clean and aromatic.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 80% Colombard
10% Gros Manseng
10% Ugni Blanc
Region Côtes de Gascogne, South West France
Winemaker Michel Duffour
Alcohol (ABV) 12%