In the heart of the Armagnac countryside in the southwestern part of France known as Gascony lies the beautiful 75 acre estate of the Domaine du Mage. This part of France, which is also known for its gastronomy and general “joie de vivre” is often sadly forgotten by visitors coming to France. Not only does it have some of the prettiest scenery, but the people are warm, friendly and passionate about their local products of Armagnac and its charming white wines.
The Domaine du Mage is located just outside the sleepy country town of Eauze. It is the property of Maiti Grassa, who runs it day to day, and her brother, Yves, who is responsible for the vineyards and the winemaking. The Grassa family has been making great Armagnacs (brandy) for many years, but only in the past 20 years, since Yves decided to explore the possibility of producing white wines from their property, have they become famous for their outstanding white wines.
Today, Yves Grassa is looked upon as one of the foremost young white wine makers in France. He is producing stunning wines that are packed with freshness and fruit. He has installed the most modern winemaking equipment possible and has brought the wine world’s attention to this hitherto unknown wine producing region.
The grapes used in production of the Domaine du Mage are mainly the Ugni Blanc (used to make the famed Cognacs) and Colombard. The grapes are harvested early in September to prevent them from too much sugar content. Fermentation is prolonged at low ternperaturesto allow the must to absorb all the fruit qualities. The Ugni Blanc and Colombard are fermented separately and the “assemblage” is not done until February. At that time, Yves and Maiti taste all the different parcels and decide upon the blend for that vintage of Domaine du Mage. The Ugni Blanc brings finesse, style and fragrance, whereas the Colombard adds depth and fresh fruit qualities.
This 1991 Domaine du Mage has a wonderful fragrant bouquet of wild flowers and apricots. On the palate it is crisp with medium body and a trace of “spritz” (from its youth). The flavor is packed with melon, lichees and tropical fruits. It finishes dry and crispy-clean.
Serve chilled with grilled trout, orange chicken or as a summertime sipper.
Cellaring Notes: Fresh and lively now, enjoy through 1993.