This is the fresh (and rare!) limestone-soil Vermentino from Château Combel La Serre (Julien Ilbert) who works a whopping twenty-two hectares of vines in and around Cahors, Southwest France.
Tasting Notes: Orchard and pome fruit paired with really lovely acidity make for a slightly piquant bouquet before a palate of really refreshing citric notes that make for an utterly lovely and rarely zippy bottling of Vermentino from this warm sub-region.
Vinification: From David Bowler's wonderful website:
"100% Vermentino. From a one-hectare, north-facing plot of Vermentino vines on limestone in the Ilberts' home village of Cournou on the plateau known as the causse. Farming is organic and harvest is by hand. The bunches are pressed as whole-clusters with no skin maceration; fermentation is with native yeasts in steel; brief aging is also in steel.. The wine is classified as an IGP Côtes-du-Lot since there is no allowance for white wine in Cahors."