Tuesday, December 9, 2008

La Hitaire Les Tours 2006

The Gascon whites deserve to be far better known than, in fact, they are. In general, they tend to be carefully crafted and, mostly, they have a distinctive and pleasing character. This bottle, a blend of Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Gros Manseng, combines a very pleasing fruity quality with a strong spicy note. For a "vin de pays", which is what it is, it reaches an amazingly high level. It accompanied our Maryland crab cakes beautifully, without in the least overpowering At $9.99 it represents good value for money. At this price level it far outstrips the New Zealand and South African whites which are presently so much in fashion. I shouldn't think it will be long lasting, but I would certainly recommend buying some bottles for drinking now.

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