Domaine de la Salette
Gascony

The Estate
This family owned and operated winery has been producing wine since 1971. The estate is located near the town of Condom, in the Armagnac area of southwest France. Current owner Michel Duffour started in 1982 and was joined by his son Nicolas in 2005. They continue the traditional winemaking of the family while using new techniques such as skin contact maceration and cold stabilization.  They also make use of enologists from Bordeaux to create their cuvées. They export 80% of the total production.


Evelyne and Michel Duffour

The Vineyard 
The estate measures 32 hectares (79.04 acres) with 30 hectares of white grapes and 2 hectares of red.  The soil is clay and limestone based. The average age of the vines is 20 years. The continental climate ensures optimum ripening of the grapes.

The Wines


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UPC code: 7 84585 00049 4
2012 Côtes de Gascogne Blanc, Domaine de la Salette 12/750ml
Made from 80% Colombard, 10% Ugni Blanc and 10% Gros Manseng. 
Fresh, clean and lively with intense exotic fruit aromas. Crisp, clean and zesty in the mouth, it offers delicate flavors of citrus fruit and grapefruit, and a long lingering finish.
Enjoy as an aperitif or with grilled fish, shellfish and appetizers.

"An exuberantly fruity white, with flavors of dried mango and ripe papaya lending this a tropical allure. Light coconut and cream notes fill the juicy finish. Colombard and Gros Manseng. Drink now - KM"
- Wine Spectator (Dec 31st 2013), 88 pts

"For nearly thirty years I have been recommending these terrific values from south-eastern France. Made from 80% Colombard blended with Ugni Blanc and Gros Manseng, and stainless steel-fermented and aged with no malolactic, it is a perfumed, fresh, light-bodied white displaying hints of Thai lemongrass, grapefruit and other assorted citrus. Drink this fragrant, well-made white over the next year. - JD"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 87 pts + BEST BUY

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UPC code: 7 84585 00049 4
2011 Côtes de Gascogne Blanc, Domaine de la Salette 12/750ml
Made from 80% Colombard, 10% Ugni Blanc and 10% Gros Manseng. 
Fresh, clean and lively with intense exotic fruit aromas. Crisp, clean and zesty in the mouth, it offers delicate flavors of citrus fruit and grapefruit, and a long lingering finish.
Enjoy as an aperitif or with grilled fish, shellfish and appetizers.

One of the great values in the dry white wine world, this is a blend of 80% Colombard, the rest Ugni Blanc and Gros Maseng. Clean, crisp, with lots of acidity as well as plenty of grapefruit and lemon rind, this is a tasty aperitif dry white to drink over the next year."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 87 pts


 
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UPC code: 7 84585 00049 4
2010 Côtes de Gascogne Blanc, Domaine de la Salette 12/750ml
Made from 80% Colombard, 10% Ugni Blanc and 10% Gros Manseng. 
Fresh, clean and lively with intense exotic fruit aromas. Crisp, clean and zesty in the mouth, it offers delicate flavors of citrus fruit and grapefruit, and a long lingering finish.
Enjoy as an aperitif or with grilled fish, shellfish and appetizers.

"As most shrewd readers know, Cotes de Gascogne whites can offer excellent value. Most of them are made from a combination of grapes, in this case, 80% Colombard and the rest equal parts Ugni Blanc and Gros Manseng. Crisp, elegant, honeyed grapefruit notes intermixed with some lemon zest and orange rind offer up loads of fruit in this medium-bodied, naked wine, which is completely unoaked and exuberant. Drink it over the next year."
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Wine Advocate (June 2011), 87 pts



National Retail Price$11.99 / bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 00036 4
NV Floc de Gascogne, Domaine La Salette 6/750ml

The Floc de Gascogne is a regional apéritif from the Côtes de Gascogne and Armagnac regions of Sud-Ouest wine region of France. It has had Appellation d'origine contrôlée status since 1990.

Floc de Gascogne is a mistelle, a vin de liqueur (a fortified sweet wine) made of 1/3 of armagnac and 2/3 of fresh grape juice (Colombard grape for this particular producer) both from the wine area Armagnac / Côtes de Gascogne. Both of these must be produced by the same vineyard.

Floc de Gascogne is produced according to a recipe that has been in use in Gascogne since the 16th century. The name "Floc de Gascogne" was coined by Henri Lamor, a winemaker from Cravencères, in 1954. The word "floc" comes from the Occitan language and means "bouquet of flowers".
Floc de Gascogne is produced in both white and rosé varieties. The alcohol percentage is between 16–18 % vol. After blending, the Floc is kept for 10 months in the cellar of the producer and must be approved by a committee of experts before it can be sold under the appellation Floc de Gascogne.

It is used as an aperitif most often, but also as a dessert drink. It should be consumed while cool, and is suberb on ice. Almond, jasmine, roses, honey, black fruit and condiments are characteristic notes. Floc should be drunk within a year after the production. Once a bottle is opened, it may be stored for up to three months in the refrigerator

Intense fruity and floral aromas. Round, fresh and fruity in the mouth

16.5% ALC. by VOL.

National Retail Price: $26.95 / bottle


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UPC code: 7 84585 00553 6
1982 Armagnac, Domaine La Salette 6/750 ml
Armagnac is the oldest French eau-de vie, produced in the South West of France, in the heart of Gascogny.  The AOC was created in 1936, but the first known distillation was in 1411 and first commercial activity involving Armagnac was registered in 1414 . Armagnac is produced by distilling white wine and aging it for many years in oak barrels.

Armagnac-Ténarèze, one of the three terroirs (plantation areas) in the Armagnac region where grapes for the distillation of the Armagnac eau-de-vie can be cultivated. This area lies between Bas-Armagnac and Haut-Armagnac, covering the northwestern part of the department of Gers and the southern part of Lot-et-Garonne. Together the three areas form a single region where Armagnac, Côtes de Gascogne and Floc de Gascogne, which share the same AOC-limits, can be produced.

A shiny, golden color.
Fruity aromas of quince, plum, orange with floral scents and notes of vanilla, spice. Subtle, warm rich and well structured.

National Retail Price: $89.95 / bottle