In a nutshell: A terrifically fruity and expressive blend of Sauvignon Blanc and the Gascon speciality Gros Manseng.
The lowdown: Gascony is an area more associated with Armagnac, but the wines made here at Doamine Horgelus are of excellent quality and, since they come from an unsung wine region, represent excellent value for money. Gros Manseng is not a grape often seen outside of Gascon south west France but makes a great partner to Sauvignon Blanc and in the skilled hands of Yoan le Menn delivers a really expressive and zippy wine. On the nose it's full of ripe melon and citrus notes with a touch of herbaceousness while on the palate there's a tasty mix of classic nettle zing and delicious tropical fruit which finishes with a refreshing streak of minerality.
When to drink: Bearing favourable comparison to a lot of New World Sauvignon Blancs further up the price scale, it's a great stand alone wine and perfect with white fish and seafood.
Domaine Horgelus, situated on the sunny hillsides of Gascony was founded in 1978 by Breton Joseph le Menn who was attracted by the South West of France by its charm, gastronomy and art of living. These days these property which covers 90 hectares of vineyard is run now by Joseph's son Yoan from a younger generation of winemakers keen to combine modernity and experience.
This region, renowned for centuries for its Armagnac, is now seen as one of the most promising wine producing areas and while at Domaine Horeglus they produce an impressive range of Armagnacs their wines produced at their modern, state of the art, winery are invariably excellent, unpretentious and use a mix of local and more widely planted grape varieties.