Two very different French wines celebrate the lingering splendor of summer with crisp bouquets and unique characteristics.
La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Blanc is crafted from white wines from the south west region of France. This fortified wine is crafted by mixing fresh grape juice and cognac and a composition of curated botanicals.
Initially created for its medicinal properties, Vermouth first appeared in Italy in the mid-16th century. Around the same time in France, the selection was born from an accidental mix of grape must and cognac. The white wines include ugni blanc, colombard, muscadelle, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. A base of 12 plants and spices make up the palette: wormwood, vine flowers, angelica, orris roots, cardamom, cinnamon, quinine bark, bitter orange, ginger, licorice, nutmeg and quassia amara.
Light gold in color, the wine entices with floral, licorice and spice aromas with floral and citrus flavors on the palate.
Tariquet Classic from Domaine du Tarquet is a delightful blend of ugni blanc and colombard with hints of sauvignon blanc and gros manseng. It is dry, fruity and boasts outstanding intensity and fresh floral and citrus aromas and surprises on the palate. Pour this selection thoroughly chilled with oysters, sushi and fresh goat cheese.
Author Alain Aviotte described Tarquet best, when he said, “It cries out for a glass and savouries that we nibble before dinner. It makes us salivate; jovially preparing the taste buds, encouraging us to raise our glasses to salute an unexpected guest.”