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Wine Tasting Video: Four cracking whites from South West France May 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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Four delicious wines from a part of the wine world that deserves a much wider audience.

Domaine Bellegarde Jurançon Sec 2010, South West France (£11.95 Yapp Brothers)
Bracing herby quince and citrus characters and a touch of tangy minerality mix with a headier peachy note to good effect. Bit of a pup at the moment, but a very tasty pup, like Sauvignon without the shriek. S

Arretxea Blanc Hegoxuri Irouléguy 2009, South West France (£25.99 Les Caves de Pyrene, Everywine.co.uk, Le Pont de la Tour)
A year older than the above, and showing a more relaxed, rounded face, but still with similar peach, quince and fennel tones and that taut violin string minerality. S(-)

Domaine Bellegarde ‘La Pierre Blanche’ Jurançon Sec 2008, South West France (£14.25 Yapp Brothers)
Similar mineral & fruit laden wine to the regular Bellegarde, but given a year in oak, which has added a smoky creamy richness. It’s good but, is it trying too hard to impress? S-

Château Tours des Gendres Moulin des Dames Bergerac Sec 2008, South West France (£25.49 Les Caves de Pyrene, Theatre of Wine, Connolly’s, Whistle Wines)
Very classy wine, not afraid to flaunt its coconutty oak in its current youthful state, but with more than enough apple, tinned pear and hazelnut flavour to balance this, a supple, almost Burgundian feel and a bracing finish. S+

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