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Gascogne, Jurançon & Madiran

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  • 1. Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne 2015

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    Domaine de San de Guilhem

    40% Gros Manseng, 30% Ugni Blanc, 15% Colombard, 15% Sauvignon (11.5% alc.)

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    France’s best value white vin de pays, with vibrant refreshing fruit and the added bonus of low alcohol.

  • 2. Jurançon Sec AC 2015, Cuvade Preciouse

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    Domaine Montesquiou

    60% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng, 10% Petit Courbu (14% alc.)

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    This is Montesquiou’s top cuvée from very low yielding 40 year old vines. Sensitively aged in new to five year old barrels, the wine’s intense, exotic fruit is nicely tethered by a characteristic, refreshing acidity. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 3. Jurançon AC 2014, Clos Thou

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    Henri Lapouble-Laplace

    100% Petit Manseng (13% alc, 85g/l of rs)

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    This is Clos Thou’s top wine and only 1500 bottles of this exceptional sweet wine are made every year. Produced from minute yields of late-picked grapes that are left to shrivel on the vine (passerillage) until early December, when the snows are falling in the nearby Pyrénées. It is an intense sweet white with a cut of acidity so often lacking in other wines. For drinking now to 2025+.

  • 4. Madiran AC 2012

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    Domaine Labranche-Laffont

    60% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc (14% alc.)

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    Two thirds of Christine Dupuy’s 45 year old vineyards produce this cuve-aged wine whose dense ripe black fruit puts me in mind of good northern spanish reds.  Low yields, optimum maturity for grape picking and a gentle touch when it comes to extraction help to give the wine notable freshness and balance.  For drinking now to 2019.

  • 5. Madiran AC 2014, Vieilles Vignes

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    Domaine Labranche-Laffont

    100% Tannat (14.5% alc.)

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    Old vines means an average age of 50 years (with one small parcel of ‘pre-phylloxera’ vines over 130 years old). The vines are pruned hard to ensure a low yield. Light pigeage is applied during the fermentation in cement cuve before one year in oak barrels (25% new). The wine has a deep blackcurrant colour, offers ripe cassis and liquorice on the nose, intense fruit with a hint of spice on the palate, and a long sustained finish. For drinking now to 2027+.