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Domaine Chiroulet 2011 La Côte d’Heux Gros Manseng (Côtes de Gascogne)

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Perfumed apricot-flavored wine, this is rich, smooth and opulent. The ripe yellow fruits, with their hints of mango, are balanced by fragrant acidity. It’s a full wine, with good concentration from aging on the lees. Drink now and until 2018.  — R.V.  (12/31/2013)
89
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Domaine Uby 2011 No. 4 Gros and Petit Manseng (Côtes de Gascogne)

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Medium sweet in character, this is a round, ripe wine. Its flavors show apricot, bitter orange and tangerine that are spiced with just a touch of honey. Pair this with a pâté or a fruit dessert.  — R.V.  (10/1/2012)
88
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Domaine Guillaman 2010 Les Hauts de Guillaman Merlot (Côtes de Gascogne)

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Full, rich wine that combines an aromatic herbal element with ripe red fruits. It’s the wood aging that knits this dense wine together, adding the spice and the smoothing element. Still young, this wine should be kept and drunk after 2015.  — R.V.  (12/31/2013)
88
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Domaine Chiroulet 2012 Terres Blanches White (Côtes de Gascogne)

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The Gros Manseng, one of Gascony’s two star white grapes (along with Petit Manseng), gives richness and delicious apricot flavors to this full and rounded wine. The acidity comes with the crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc. To drink now and until 2014.  — R.V.  (11/1/2013)
88
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Domaine du Tariquet 2012 Chenin Blanc-Chardonnay (Côtes de Gascogne)

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The acidity here is certainly the Chenin Blanc, but with the richness of Chardonnay in the mix, the wine has a full character, softly ripe, apples and pears dominant. It has a crisper feel at the end, bright and lively and ready to drink. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (11/1/2013)
88
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Haut Marin 2010 Cuvée Marine White (Côtes de Gascogne)

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The blend of Colombard, Gros Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc gives a light mineral character. The wine is very fresh, very crisp and finely layered, with a depth of herbaceous and green fruit flavors. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (3/1/2012)
88
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Haut Marin 2010 Gros Manseng (Côtes de Gascogne)

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A rounded perfumed wine with just a hint of sweetness. It is rich, with flavors of honey and peach. Acidity gives the right balance and adds to the structure. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (3/1/2012)
87
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Mont Gravet 2012 Colombard (Côtes de Gascogne)

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This totally refreshing wine is light and fragrant. Its acidity is crisp, with full, forward apple and lemon fruits, leaving a summery feel. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (12/31/2013)
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