Matassa Cuvée Marguerite Cotes Catalanes Blanc IGP 2013

The Data

Country   France

Appellation   Cotes Catalanes Blanc IGP

Varietal   White Blend

Retail Price   $25

ABV   12%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, pale golden color.

Aromatics

The nose is wonderfully floral with both sweet and tart notes featuring pomello, red grapefruit, quince, and lemon with accents of mineral and fresh bread dough.

Flavor

The palate echoes the nose delivering layers of ripe citrus juice with zest and complex pithy green fruit notes supported by mineral and a rich leesy quality redolent of Champagne.

Intensity & Texture

This is a wonderfully vibrant wine with a rich and layered center that delivers perfect balance with long trailing tart fruit notes.

Cool Factor

A

Tasty and complex wines from areas that are surely off the beaten path are always welcomed and very, very cool.

Value Grade

B

At nearly $30 the price tag will frighten off those who are unfamiliar with the appellation and the wine but simply examing quality versus price and it's a winner.

Analysis

It's a unique blend of 50% Viognier and 50% Muscat petits grains that are grown entirely organic and biodynamic without the use of pesticides or herbicides. It's fermented with wild indigenous yeast in barrels and then aged on its lees for 10 months.

How to Enjoy

Serve chilled but not too cold as some of the more delicate flavors will be lost if too cold. Be sure to judge the wine on the second sip as the first sip will offer such unique flavors that it will surely be a shock to some.

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