Gaillac is one of the most innovative wine growing areas in France and the range of grape styles is amazing. Chateau Clement Termes was founded in 1868 in the historic bastide town of Montaigut and the wines were originally delivered all over France in oak barrels, the clients being largely composed of churchmen. The Chateau remains within the David family to this day and respect for tradition and traditional grape varieties remains undimmed. This zesty white is a blend of Mauzac, Loin de l'Oiel (literally 'far from the eye') and Sauvignon Blanc. Makes for the perfect summer aperitif. Even better with spicy fish dishes.
A pale straw-yellow in colour. On the nose, fragrant apple-blossom and white flowers. Floral, fruity on the palate with notes of green herbs, this is understated and yet satisfying. The acidity is pronounced leading to a lip-smacking finish. It has been noted by more than one commentator that were it Italian, the price might be somewhat different. Try with grilled sea bass and fennel, pan-fried scallops or a rustic Brebis cheese from the Basque country.