Mauzac Nature, Plageoles
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Organic

Mauzac Nature, Plageoles - 2018

Item # 11432 750mL
$26.96/ Single Bottle
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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


Tasting Notes

Mauzac, a grape variety that's virtually unheard of in the U.S., comes from the Gaillac region of southwest France. This rendition is sparkling and dry with floral aromas, raw honey and white pepper. This is loaded with character, thanks to the fact that it's unfiltered and made with indigenous yeasts. Store this bottle upright and drink with just a light chill. A pétillant naturel wine meaning that the fermentation finished in bottle.


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Staff Pick Notes

From Galliac in south central France comes this beautiful pétillant-naturel wine, made from the Mauzac grape. Galliac is the second oldest wine region in France and has had a wine AOC since 1938. Bernard Plageoles took over for his father Robert who had resurrected many indigenous varietals from extinction. Pétillant-naturel (or "pet-nat") wines are made with what's called the méthode ancestrale, an old way of making sparkling wine that predates the méthode champenoise by at least 200 years. Pet-nats capture the bubbles of the first fermentation. This wine has some nice yeasty notes on the nose and fine, delicate bubbles in the glass. It shows soft fruit without being sweet, and is complex without being busy or heavy. Enjoy with friends and food!

- JGM

Pairing Advice

Pickled Vegetables

Here's why it works:

High-acid whites brilliantly balance the acididity of the pickled vegetables.


Astor's Glossary of Terms

Mauzac

Though unknown to most US consumers, this white grape is considered an essential part of winemaking in southwest France, particularly in the regions of Gaillac and Limoux. Here, the sparkling wines (often blends of Mauzac and other white grapes) are made by the rustic méthode ancestrale; they're sometimes sweet, and always a pleasure before dinner or with shellfish.


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