Les Terres Basses, Dom. Laballe
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Les Terres Basses, Dom. Laballe - 2018

Item # 35421 750mL
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$14.96 $11.96 / Single Bottle
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$179.52 $129.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

An historic estate that's well-known for their Armagnacs, however you should pay attention to their wines. This is a luscious, dry white wine with a core of fruit that's refreshing. Unoaked and full of fresh acidity that will work well with light meats and fish dishes.


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Staff Pick Notes

Imagine the ripest, juiciest yellow grapefruit that you can. Not like gross, processed "diet" juice, but a fresh piece of fruit with no bitter or pithy elements. If this sounds appealing to you, then buy this bottle immediately! The wine is made from three grapes—Colombard, Ugni Blanc (a.k.a. Trebbiano Toscano), and Gros Manseng. Cognac lovers will certainly recognize these varieties commonly grown for distilling the classic French spirit, but the wines made from these grapes are also delicious. For pairings, I recommend bivalves or shellfish, particularly clams or scallops. If you are allergic to these foods, simply share this bottle with a friend.

- BLR

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Colombard

Colombard was traditionally used, with Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche, to make cognac. It fell out of fashion in France in the 1970s, but at the same time caught on in California, and soon became the most widely planted grape in the state (where it was known as French Colombard). There, it was widely used to produce sweet yet crisp bulk wines. Seeing what the Americans had done, the French would...

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Ugni Blanc

Known as Trebbiano in Italy, Ugni Blanc is best known as the main ingredient in Cognac.

Sauvignon Blanc

Few varietals have spawned as bizarre a list of descriptors as Sauvignon Blanc. Believe it or not, “cat pee” is in fact a complimentary tasting note, associated with some of the best bottlings. (It’s a somewhat odd way of pointing out herbaceousness in the wine.) Cat pee aside, Sauvignon Blanc (sometimes called "Fumé Blanc" in California) is a bit of a chameleon in terms of style, and quite...

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