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Jurançon Sec AC 2015, Cuvade Preciouse
  • 2. Jurançon Sec AC 2015, Cuvade Preciouse

    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.

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Winemaker
Domaine Montesquiou
Location
Quartier Haut Ucha in the village of Monein, Pyrenees-Atlantique 
Size of domaine
1.5 hectares 
Grape
60% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng, 10% Petit Courbu. 40 years old vines. Massal selection from the historic vineyard of the domain. 3309C rootstock. 3300 vines per hectare on average 
Terroir
Siliceous clay with peebles. East / South-East aspect on 25% slope. 300 mtrs above sea-level. Soil depth approx 60cm
Viticulture
Debudding. Don’t carry out vendanges en vert (yields are naturally low). Ploughing in March and September, then, leave the grass to grow naturally to protect soils from the sun and to keep a good lift for the tractors. Organic fertilizers used during Autumn or during Spring. Chemical herbicides can sometimes be used as a last resort. Aim to stop monoculture in order to obtain a better balance requiring fewer interventions. Hand harvested. 35 hectos per hectare yield
Vinification
Do not destalk. Pressing for 3 hrs by pneumatic press, settling of the juice for 3 to 10 days after harvesting. Fermentation in 225L barrels (at 16°C to 20°C) using natural, indigenous yeasts or selected yeasts if September has been rainy. Alcoholic fermentation for 4 weeks up to several months. No malolactic fermentation. Aged for 10 months in 225L barrels of 1 to 5 wines medium toast. No bâtonnage, no racking, no collage, just a light filtration on patches of cellulose before bottling. Only one bottling in September. Between 6000 and 7000 bottles produced on average
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