Gascogne is, of course, famous for its Armagnac. Such though are the declining fortunes of this great spirit – we will always love it! – that winegrowers have to rely on producing table wine in order that the vineyards survive and, hopefully, thrive. Five generations of the Fezas family have dedicated themselves to growing grapes and producing spirit and wine. Domaine Chiroulet, north of the Gers, the vineyards are located on some of the highest slopes of Gascony. They enjoy a southern, ripening exposure. La Cote d’Heux is a 100% Gros Manseng and aged entirely in old, large oak vats on lees that are regularly stirred. In the process, the already ripe wine adds layers of texture and fat. While I think that less stirring will produce an even more tensioned, complex wine, it’s hard to argue with the generous fruit the wine delivers. And with freshness. Gold in colour and flushed with golden, ripe grapefruit on the palate.