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Wine Tasting Note: Domaine de Marquestus Blanc, 2004, VdP Saint Sardos, France.  Add/Read Comments



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Ever heard of Saint Sardos? Nope, me neither. So it was good that I made the effort to get to the South West France tasting yesterday to try them. I am not entirely sure exactly where it is but some where near Toulouse I should guess. I have three wines from this Domaine, this is the dry white. I do not have details of prices either, but they are not hugely expensive (£5.20 for this white according to the French language website but local taxes with change this of course).

Wine Tasting Note: Domaine de Marquestus Blanc Sec, 2004, Vin de Pays de Saint Sardos, France.
This is a fresh, crisp blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle and Chardonnay and rather nice it is too. The acidity is crisp but the weighty palate balances this out. A touch of honey and lime on both the palate and aroma but there is a depth to the flavour that is quite interesting. An excellent aperitif or for matching with fish or seafood. Alcohol 12%.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

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Saint Sardos is a small appellation between Toulouse, Montauban and Agen - south of Fronton, Coteaux du Quercy wine areas. Recently upgraded from Vin de Pays to VDQS (Vin Delimite de Qualite Superieur) its main claim to fame is the combination of the Tannat (Madiran, Gers) with Syrah (Languedoc) for the reds - as such it is probably the furthest west production of Syrah in southern France.
Generally VDQS status is just a staging post on the way to full Appellation Controllee (AoC) status, so expect to see these wines improve and become more marketable outside the local area.