This article was published in The 30 Second Wine Advisor on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007 and can be found at http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadvisor2/tswa20071214.php.
Tardy but welcome
I wouldn't want to sound like I'm complaining about the length of the supply pipeline for wine between vineyards in Europe and retail shops in the U.S. Still, it's sort of hard not to notice that today's featured wine, 2006 Domaine de Pouy, was bottled in February 2007 - just five or six months after the grapes were harvested - but didn't turn up at my local wine shop until last month.
The variables in play here could make a fine subject for a MBA case study: Did the wine languish at the winery, in transit, at the importer's warehouse or in the hands of the local distributor? What factors held it back, and why? Did someone decide to withold the 2006 vintage until the previous year's supply sold out? Or maybe it's actually been here for months and it simply took an average consumer (me, for example) a while to notice.
For that matter, the November arrival of the new vintage of this perennial bargain favorite is delightfully early compared with the previous year, which I didn't get around to tasting until May 2007, a full 15 months after bottling.
I don't have answers today, only questions. But in the overall scheme of things, it may not matter much. Domaine de Pouy, bottled again this year under a sturdy metal screw cap and sporting a new blue label with a modern style, holds its freshness very nicely for a year or two.
Bearing a particularly attractive $9 price tag at one local retailer this season, it's a fine choice for a "house" wine for everyday enjoyment, ideal with light seafood and fish dishes and a decent pairing with poultry, veal or any "white meat."
Made by Yves Grassa in Gascogne (Gascony in Southwestern France), Domaine de Pouy is a blend of 60 percent Ugni Blanc (also known as Trebbiano in Italy) and 40 percent Colombard. It's made to maximize freshness - the lab-clean screwcap technology helps with that - and never sees oak. It was worth the wait. Here's my tasting report:
Domaine de Pouy 2006 Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gasgogne ($8.99)
Clear, light straw color. Pleasant, fresh lemon-lime and green-apple aromas and flavors, crisp and dry, with a subtly "grassy" character behind the citric fruit on the nose and palate. Mouth-watering acidity joins a taste of lime in a medium-long finish. Nothing complex here, but it's a quenching table wine, on the light side at just 10.5% alcohol claimed on the label; fine with seafood and fish. U.S. importer: Robert Kacher Selections, Washington, D.C. (Nov. 20, 2007)
FOOD MATCH: A fine choice with just about any choice of delicate, white-fleshed fish or seafood; it made an excellent multi-national match with linguine with white clam sauce.
VALUE: At any price under $10 in today's inflationary wine marketplace, this one's a good candidate for buying by the case as a "house" wine for everyday enjoyment. Try shopping for sale prices, as Wine-Searcher.com lists it as low as $6 in a few competitive markets.
WHEN TO DRINK: Freshness is part of its virtue, so there's not much point in long-term aging. Still, the sturdy screw cap will help preserve it for at least a year or two.
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