The second white top cuvée is also based on Vermentinu, but this time united with Rossola Brandica, Riminese, Carcaghjolu Biancu, Biancone and Paga Debbiti. Production 4000 bottles. It is vinified in the same way as Diplomate, yet shows itself to be completely different. "The character of the Général is really full of tension and minerality, with great length on the palate," explains Jean-Charles. "When you drink the Général young, it's a bit discreet, like a General it won't reveal itself immediately. In contrast, it gains in magnitude with age, while retaining tension and minerality." Then it shows a variety of aromas dominated by the herbs of the maquis and citrus fruits, has an extraordinarily stimulating effect and finishes very long with mouth-watering saltiness.
Brilliant pale gold with greenish reflections
For the second white cuvee of the collection, Jean-Charles Abbatucci has blended five autochthonous varieties with Vermentinu Rossola Brandinca, Riminese, Carcaghjolo Bianco, Biancone and Paga Debbiti. Varied scent of herbs and wildflowers such as chamomile,
Lemon verbena, thyme and peppermint lead to those of citrus fruits such as lemon, grapefruit and clementine, then also green apples, pear peel and white peaches on the whole a surprisingly open, very fresh and wonderfully stimulating fragrance for the Général.
In the mouth, too, the Général from the very sunny 2017 vintage surprises with immense freshness and power and with its expressive minerality, which gives it excellent tension and almost overplays the silky, creamy texture. Its freshness pairs with very intense lightly candied citrus flavors, especially of cedar lemon, and the salty, stony minerality. As a result, it comes across as taut, agile, lean, subliminally vibrant with sublime bitter tones and a stimulating, mouthwatering finish. Sensational!
Food recommendations from André Dominé
- Homemade tagliatelle with fresh herbs
- Terrine of cod, red mullet and spring vegetables in saffron jelly
- Parillada with seafood and chipirones
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