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Colombard, 2011. Domaine Menard
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Colombard, 2011. Domaine Menard

Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Colombard
Vineyard/Appellation: Gascony, France
Color: Pale
Nose: Slate and spice
Palate: Fresh herbs, pear, melon and lime
Finish: Clean and crisp
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2013
: DOM MENARD - WHITE
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Domaine Menard is owned by Domaine Moulines which is featured in the Limited Series this month. It is located in the heart of Gascony, on one of the famous St-Jacques de Compostelle road, "Via Podensis". This road was very popular for centuries taken by pilgrims going to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Domaine de Menard comprises of 260 acres of vineyards. The soils are mainly limestone and clay with huge amounts of marine fossils.

The vineyard is on a premium and ancestral soil. Plots are situated on a geologic marine site, where you can find many fossils in vine rows. On the clay and limey soil, less deep and stony, produce white and dry wines with Colombard, Ugni blanc and Sauvignon. On sandy and deep soil, Petit and Gros Manseng bunches are harvested lately, so as to produce our sweet wines with exceptional finesse.

Colombard is an early harvested variety known as French Colombard in North America. It may be a distant cousin of Chenin Blanc. In France, it was traditionally grown in the Charentes and Gascony for distilling into Cognac and Armagnac respectively. Today, it is still permitted in small doses in Bordeaux Blanc.

At one time, Colombard was the most planted grape variety in California, running neck and neck with Chenin Blanc. Both are easy to grow here and can attain a measure of flavor without being too distinctive, in other words, the perfect blending grape. Similar to Chenin Blanc, when grown in Vouvray to reach its pinnacle, Colombard is also incredible when grown in its perfect habitat, Gascony.

Very aromatic, with scents of white flowers, pear drop and honey suckle; the palate is crisp and gives an instant impression of freshness. Very clean, with exuberant flavors of aniseed, exotic fruit, pear and melon hints, it ends with fresh, gripping notes of minerals and citrus. Great with black cod in a saffron broth.

September 2012 Vintners Series Newsletter (.pdf)