Wine of the week: Domaine des Cassagnoles C tes de Gascogne 2013

cassagnolesThis white blend from southern France gives the Wine Curmudgeon a chance to do two of his favorite things: Praise the genius of the winemakers in Gascony, who do what so few others in the world seem capable of ? make great cheap wine without any embarrassment; and criticize wine scores. Is it any wonder Gascon wine makes me so happy?

This vintage of the Cassagnoles ($10, purchased, 11.5%) has less citrus and more white grapiness than previous years, which is my preferred style. That gives the wine more balance, and it tastes less like sauvignon blanc and more like the intriguing cheap wine that it is. Ah, the wonders of the colombard, ugni blanc, and gros manseng grapes.

Best yet, this style makes the Cassagnoles even more refreshing and fruity, truly a bottle that is empty before you realize you have drunk the whole thing. Highly recommended, and it will return to the $10 Hall of Fame next year. My only regret? That we can’t buy it in the U.S. in the 10-liter box (the equivalent of 13 1/3 bottles) that it is sold in in France.

Yet someone, somehow, managed to give the wine 82 points on CellarTracker (the blog’s unofficial wine inventory app), claiming that it was like pinot grigio and didn’t have any taste. If this wine is only worth 82 points, I’ll drink a bottle of overoaked, too alcoholic California chardonnay, which is probably what that person thinks is tasty.

4 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Domaine des Cassagnoles C tes de Gascogne 2013

  • By Darth Snuggles - Reply

    Where (if anywhere) can you get this around Dallas?

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Spec’s, though it may be a couple of other places.

  • By Sonnydog - Reply

    Can you provide information on the importer of this wine?

    • By Wine Curmudgeon - Reply

      Weygandt-Metzler, which does a nice job with these kinds of wines — http://weygandtmetzler.com/Home.html

      And it looks there is a distributor for 32 states and the District of Columbia.

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