Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

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2011 Finest* Saint Mont, Gascony

£6.99 down to £5.24, 12.5%, Tesco

The brilliant Plaimont co-operative has done stellar work teasing interesting flavours out of its mostly little known local grapes (Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Arufiac, in case you wanted to work on your ampelography skills). This pithy, unoaked blend has plenty of perfume and zesty flavours of pink grapefruit and cox's apple. The finish is appealingly dry and even a little chalky. 

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91 points

2010 Le Passé Authentique, Producteurs de Plaimont, Saint-Mont, South-West France

£9.99 down to £7.99, 13%, Waitrose

There aren't many (any?) wines on supermarket shelves made from three such obscure varieties as Gros Manseng, Arrufiac and Petit Courbu, but that's only one reason for buying this wine, especially on a deal at £7.99. It's crunchy, refreshing and unoaked with notes of pink grapefruit, apricot and lemon zest, with an underlying note of stony minerality. The wine lingers on the tongue like a haunting refrain. 

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