What a fascinating blend, this combination of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. The natural acidity of the Chenin gives a great, fresh mouthfeel, while the fat Chardonnay broadens out the palate. This wine is full, rich and packed with ripe grapes, yet with only 12% alcohol, there is still a light, fresh and white fruit-flavored aftertaste. The Grassa family, owners of Tariquet, are major landowners in this Gascony region of southwest France, with 2,100 acres under vine.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.