If you enjoyed the Saint Michel Gaillac Rouge that I reviewed recently you might like to check out this Saint Michel 2010 Gaillac Perlé Blanc too. Perlé is the term given to young white wines containing small bubbles so I was initially slightly disappointed that the bubbles in my bottle were tiny. Very tiny. You might even say non-existent. Anyway, that aside, I really enjoyed it. As with the Rouge, it’s made from some pretty unusual local varieties – Loin de l’oeil, Mauzac and Muscadelle and it comes in an unusual, but nonetheless quite attractive bottle.
In the glass it’s a kind of honeyed straw colour and on the nose there’s green apples, pears and citrus. A bit grassy, and certainly some floral notes. In the mouth there’s balanced acidity and a really nice roundness – probably due to lees contact. As spring approaches this will definitely be one that I stock up on for those sunny midweek evenings. I reckon it would be great with seafood or just on its own shared with good company. Sadly I drank it all and forgot to take a picture of it so you’ll have to make do with Majestic’s one off their website. Oh and did I mention it’s only £6.99 when you buy two bottles? Bargain.