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Laballe, Sables Fauves, IGP Landes, 2016
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We prospect in south-west France looking for wines which deliver authenticity, value and, if possible, Atlantic freshness and vigour. Sables Fauves delivers in spades. From about 50% Gros Manseng and 30% Ugni Blanc with 10% of each of Sauvignon Blanc and Colombard, this is a stunning wine at the price, delivering both great freshness and intense fruit.
Lovely scent of white flowers, plus guava. This is surprisingly full flavoured for a wine of such levity (note - just 11.5%), delivering a spectrum of tangerine, kiwi fruit and guava, with even the merest hint of honey. Bright, juicy, and refined; and there's a detectable minerally sprinkle of white pepper on the finish, which the Laballe family say derives from the tawny coloured sandy soils. A perfect summer aperitif; and an excellent accompaniment to sushi or simply cooked white fish. Now-2018