Gascony is the home of Armagnac, foie gras, and fewer people than any other part of France. While its reds, such as Madiran, are getting better known, its whites needed the boost of modern winemaking to take them from the oxidized and ordinary to the delicious. This Colombelle, made by the region's go-ahead cooperative, Producteurs Plaimont, is the result of blending Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Ugni Blanc into a fresh, crisp apéritif style of wine, packed with citrus acidity, and a light floral touch.
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.