The wine is a straw, gold color. The nose that makes you think there isn't going to be much there but it turns out to be a wine with complexity and depth (maybe I just have allergies).
When you get around to tasting you will find ripe red apples out of the gate and a win that finishes with a super pithy
bitterness. The wine has a fairly big "mouth feel". It does not feel like water in your mouth. There is also something
lurking under the fruit--a vaguely herbal greenness. It is a unique wine but not one that will put off the average white wine drinker.
The bitter finish is distinct and I kept thinking of something sweet and sour to go with it: thai spring rolls, light curries with coconut milk or anything you'd use duck sauce on. Sounds weird but this came to mind.
This wine is from a grape that may not qualify as rare, depending on how you define rare in relation to wine, but it isn't a household name. These grapes and wines are part of Western Culture, every bit as much as the written word, as much as fine art or food.
Mauzac is a traditional grape of Southwestern France it is currently grown on slightly less than 2000 hectares (500 acres). Compared to some grapes written about on this site? This seems like a MASSIVE amount of land (see Sumoll for instance) but when you factor in that 50 years ago there were nearly 10,000 hectares? The grape is slowly vanishing.
Mauzac will, however, remain with us if the Plageoles family have anything to say about it. They are working with numerous grapes native the Gaillac area and, indeed, grow seven versions of Mauzac alone.
I found a number of places to grab stats on Mauzac including the Jenny and Francois website (linked above) but Gavin Hubble's site has a lot of info as well.