Not only is the Cotes de Gascogne, one of our favorite places for white wine. It is one of our favorite places for brandy, namely Armagnac. Rieux is owned by Chateau du Tariquet a producer of very fine Armagnac. The same grapes are used for both, Ugni Blanc and Colombard. It was first formed in 1912 by the Artaud Family but upended by the WWI. Then it was purchased several times before until the Grassa Family acquired it, unfortunately just before WWII. You have to hand it to these people. They don't give up.
Finally, Pierre Grassa was able to make fine Armagnac, but so did many others, and sales began to slow some 20 years ago. Grassa experimented with making white wines from his Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes and Voila! Rieux was born as was new wine, Cotes de Gascogne.
It was an instant hit. Nobody ever knew just how incredible these two rather ordinary grapes, grown all over the world, could make such an astonishing wine. Ugni Blanc is known as Trebbiano in Italy and is the most prolific white in the country. Colombard is grown all over California for mainly jug wines. But, in Gascogne, they create magic.
Obviously, it's the soil, and though there is no technical explanation, who really needs one? Here they produce luscious exciting wines with balance and beauty to absolutely rock with scallops with tomato and chives or Cajun catfish.