Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tariquet Classic Ugni Blanc Colombard 2010

Tariquet Classic Ugni Blanc Colombard 2010 (wine review and rating)

Tariquet Classic Ugni Blanc Colombard 2010

Origin: Côtes de Gascogne, France
Blend: Ugni Blanc (70%), Colombard (30%)
Alcohol Content: 11.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: January 2012
Purchase Price: $7.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Medium yellow/gold in color, this wine has aromas of tree fruit (notably peaches and apricots) with notes of flowers. Very smooth on the palate, the fruit flavors are similar to the nose, nicely balanced at first, though a little too acidic as the finish develops, which has some unusual notes of under-ripened fruit.

Our rating: This is a rather complex wine, but most definitely not a sipping one. It seems to need food to help round out the various elements present. We served our bottle with roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes and steamed green vegetables, a good if safe choice. Poultry seems like the best pairing here, but we could easily see it accompanying pork dishes as well. We previously reviewed the Tariquet Classic Ugni Blanc-Colombard 2008, emphatically stating that it was really a seafood wine not to be paired with poultry, quite the opposite of what we're suggesting here! Nevertheless, we rated the 2008 vintage as Above Average, about the same as we rate this year's bottle.

No taste profile from the winemaker found.

Winery website: Chateau du Tariquet.

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