A Glass of Sunshine
Domaine de la Petite Cassagne 2010 (Costieres de Nimes, France)
Three cheers for Daylight Savings Time this weekend!!! We must have been thinking about spring when we brought in today's wine. Everything about it reminds us of fresh spring blossoms, bright citrus fruit and gloriously warm sunshine.
Domaine de la Petite Cassagne is an inexpensive white gem from the south of France which incidentally is made with 100% organically grown grapes. It has just enough fruit to enjoy as an aperitif, but it's also absolutely delicious served with crispy herb-roasted chicken (hint: allow the unadorned bird to rest in the refrigerator uncovered for several hours to overnight for ultra crispy skin when cooked). We would also like to see this tasty little wine served with crabcakes or a white fish such as cod or halibut served with a dash of lemon.
Domaine de la Petite Cassagne is a great every day wine to whisk you along into warmer weather, or to ride out the howling wind and chunky rain falling heavily down upon us. Heaven knows it put a smile on our faces last night.
Think sunshine. Warm days. Crimson sunsets on the beach. There, now that's better. Much better.
"The 2010 White, which comes from Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc and Roussanne aged in tank, is crisp and fresh, with notes of citrus and hints of orange peel and lemon zest. It is light to medium-bodied, elegant, fresh, quite naked and pure." (Wine Advocate)
Wine Advocate: 87 points
"Lime, green apple and white flowers on the nose. Nervy and a bit tart, offering tangy citrus zest and orchard fruit flavors and showing a touch of bitter quinine on the back end. Finishes dry and refreshingly bitter, with good spicy cut." (Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar)
International Wine Cellar: 87 points
"Lemon peel and lightly creamed peach notes end with a rounded, easy finish. Drink now. 400 cases imported." (Wine Spectator)
Wine Spectator: 85 points
$12.99/bottle or $124.70/12 pack case ($10.39/bottle) or just $10.39/bottle in a mixed case of wine.
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