Domaine Cauhape, Chant des Vignes, AOC Jurancon Sec, Pyrenees Atlantique, France, 2008
Varietal gros manseng, fermented in stainless steel, then left on the lees for 6 months before bottling; Nomacorc Premium cork closure, 13.5% abv, Ann et Vin, £10.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with lifted aromas of ripe quince, dried citrus (exactly like Sandeman’s Apitiv white port), honey and fresh-cut hay.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium (+) alcohol, a medium body, with medium (+) intensity flavours, of over-ripe peach, stewed warm prune, quince and hay. A long length, with a clean, slightly gummy finish.
Quality – a very good quality wine, with balanced acidity and alcohol, which are in keeping with the intensity of flavour. Moderately complex, with good concentration of evolving flavour, with interesting tertiary notes of prune, quince and hay. A good long finish. This wine is perfect to drink now, but it will keep, and there is fruit to improve and evolve further over the next 2-3 years.