IGP Côtes de Gascogne

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 70 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 30 years.

Vintage Information

The year started off well, with a warm and dry spring. A lot of rain fell during June but luckily July and particularly August had perfect weather conditions, with warm days and cool nights which allowed the aromas to develop and retain the acidity in the grapes. September was beautiful and provided ideal conditions for the harvest.

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

Bright pale yellow with green glints. Very aromatic with citrus notes. On the palate, the wine is crisp, with bright fruit flavours, good weight and a lasting, clean aromatic finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 80% Colombard
10% Gros Manseng
10% Ugni Blanc
Region Côtes de Gascogne, South West France
Winemaker Nicolas Duffour
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 5.4g/l
Residual Sugar 3.5g/l
Wine pH 3.4