Les Frères Laffitte Sauvignon Blanc et Gros Manseng, 2016/17, Gascogne IGT, France
£17.25 (inc VAT)
Two complementary varietals join forces for a heroic team-up.
Sandy, silty, iron-heavy soil imparts subtle flavours into this Sauvignon Blanc, and everything about the process is designed to maintain that. The grapes are even harvested at night to preserve the aromas. Crisp and intense, with elegant minerality. A moonlit night in early autumn, the delicate scent of granite, gunstone can minerals be sexy? These are sexy.
Bas-Armagnac is known as the home of the swashbuckling D'Artagnan, and the brothers Laffitte have an all for one and one for all vibe to them (the vineyard logo surely isn't meant to look like two lions fist-bumping, but now we've said it you won't ever be able to unsee it). Their vines are planted on the highest hills on the borders of Gascony, also known as "Little Tuscany" for its hilly and varied landscapes.