It seems like I haven’t written about really good, locally available everyday wine for a while. These are the bottles that often remain unsung but bring the simplest of pleasures, without need for deep reflection. This dry Pacherenc du Vic Bilh fits neatly and deliciously into that category.
Lush Mid-Week Wine
Pacherenc du Vic Bilh is in the southwest of France, that large swathe of regions that is often lumped together as the “southwest”. Pacherenc is made in the same AOC region as Madiran. This dry version, from one of the top estates in the region, is a blend of 40% Gros Manseng and 60% Petit Manseng. The vines are 15-20 years old and planted on clay and gravel soils. It is fermented in oak and tank.
The wine is lush and rounded with a creamy texture. There is lots of orchard fruit and some citrus. It has ample acidity to support the lushness of the wine. A unique, delicious wine from the under-represented Southwest France at an excellent price. Far higher quality than most whites from SW France that are available in BC and an ideal mid-week wine that will pair well with seafood and white meats.
~$30 at Kits Wine