Domaine Horgelus Colombard/ Sauvignon Cotes de Gascogne Blanc
Domaine Horgelus Colombard Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing and fun white wine that shows the sunnier side of Sauvignon Blanc, despite it only making up 25% of the blend. In typical Horgelus style, it’s full of flavour and jumps from the glass. Citrussy, tropical and an exercise in fruity freshness and zing, this is full of white grapefruit, gooseberries and blackcurrant leaves on the nose and palate. Cracking value, and more grown-up than a lot of New Zealand Sauvignons.
- Country: France
- Region: South West France
- Subregion: Côtes De Gascogne
- Vintage: 2022
- Colour: White
- Grape Variety: Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc
- ABV: 11.5%
- Bottle Size: 75cl
- Closure: Screwcap
- Style: Vivid and refreshing
- Drink With: Prawns and all shellfish or simply by itself.
Domaine Horgelus Colombard Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that cannot renounce its origins. An electrifying blend of 75% Colombard and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, it could only be a Côtes De Gascogne white. This is an estate that specialises in wine production rather than making large quantities of Armagnac too and thus they vinify to extract the full fruity flavours. Delicious in the summer but very refreshing in winter too!
Gascogny is renowned throughout France for its gastronomy but until the 1990's, the wines it produced were less than appealing. This estate is a front-runner in the production of fairly simple yet mouth-watering wines that will grace any table and always remain enjoyable be it simply for a mid-week supper or a dinner with friends. Well done Domaine Horgelus and Yoan Le Menn.
Why we like this wine
Having tasted and tasted in search of great quality Cotes de Gascogne, we were over the moon when we found this at a wine fair in Monpellier. We were both miles from home but this was an encounter to change lives!! Yoan Le Menn has worked wonders both in vineyard and winery and this wine is perhaps the greatest value for money in our catalogue.
- Extremely fruity and refreshing
- Top value for money
- Fantastic with shellfish or just by itself
- Leaps above othe Gascogne wines
- We just love drinking it
Joanna Simon writing in The Sunday Times:
Gorgeous 11.5% Gascon, mostly Colombard with a splash of Sauvignon. Bursting with light, lively, floral apple and white peach stashed fruit plus a zesty tongue-tingling finish.
About the grower
Domaine Horgelus is situated on the sunny hillsides of Gascony. This region, renowned for centuries thanks to its Armagnac, is now one of the most promising French wine appellations due to the excellent quality of its local wines. This conversion began in the 1980s, blossoming in the 1990s thanks to its ability to consistently produce fresh and aromatic white wines. Today, large numbers of people are also attracted to and are surprised by the quality of the area's red and rosé wines.
Domaine Horgelus was created in 1978 by Joseph Le Menn. Breton by origin, he was attracted by the charm of the South West, its gastronomy and its art of living. The estate includes 66 hectares of vineyard and over 30 hectares of woods and meadows. It is now run by Yoan Le Menn, Joseph's son. In 2004, Yoan, at the tender age of 16, succeeded in becoming individual French Fly Fishing Champion for the first time. He subsequently went on to capture the trophy in 2005 and again in 2006. This competitive aspect of his character and the search for excellence that goes with it make him such a driven and competent winemaker.
Yoan is part of a generation of young winemakers who instinctively understands how to combine the traditional and the modern facets of his craft. He is dedicated to preserving the fresh, fruity aromas of his wines by preventing any form of oxidation during vinification. It is for this reason that the grapes are harvested in the cool of the early morning - from 3 to 11am - and the carbon dioxide generated during the alcoholic fermentation is retained to protect the newly pressed juice from oxygen. Every aspect of his winemaking is designed to preserve the vibrancy and the fruit characters of his wines.