For reasons some wine-drinkers might find boring, there is a veritable free-for-all these days when it comes to French wine pricing, excluding the Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne appellations.
A great example of that fact is the 2012 Mont Gravet Colombard from the Cotes de Gascogne in southwestern France. This bargain-priced beauty has lip-smacking freshness, with aromas of pear, peach and young apple with an acidic verve that translates to being crisp and clean.
The wine is very young, and it was made in stainless steel tanks and allowed to rest a few months before being bottled and shipped. In my mind, it should be used up in a year as it is so refreshing that I feel time is its enemy. Buy it and drink it as it is in no way to be aged.
The price is around $8 a bottle, and when one takes into account the cost of packaging, labeling, shipping, taxes and mark ups as it passes through the distribution system, someone here is not making any money. Enjoy it while you can. This wine can be sourced at Wine Trends.
Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.