Domaine Montesqiou, Cuvade Precieuse, Jurancon Sec, AOC Jurancon, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France, 2015
This wine: a blend of 60% petit manseng, 30% gros manseng, 10% camaralet; aged in oak barrels over 10 months, Diam 5 agglomerate cork closure, 14% abv, Leon Stolarski, £13.90 (04/17)
Consumer tasting note: a complex nose of ripe citrus, white stone and orchard fruits, stewed pear with a spicy edge; medium-full bodied with a light grip, with a palate of citrus, orchard and edges of tropical fruit, a touch spicy along with a note of almond oil. A medium-long length. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of lemony grapefruit with a spicy edge, white stone fruit and pear edged with quince, touch of bees-wax, cold stewed pear, ripe yellow apple.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, a velvety texture, with a low-key grip from time spent macerating on the skins and/or from exposure to old oak, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm grapefruit juice, ripe pear edged with tropical pineapple skin warmth, bees-wax, stewed desert apple, touches of spice and almond oil. A medium (+) length with a clean ripe stewed orchard fruit finish edged with pineapple and almond oil, with a low-key supportive grip.
Quality: very good, well-balanced seemingly fresh acidity with alcohol, fitting perfectly with flavour intensity; showing good complexity from time in wood and bottle, with a spicy edge and stewed orchard fruit notes respectively, good intensity throughout with a similar concentration level, following through into a good length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing – a sound structure, good concentration, decent complexity and a good length, this could develop honeyed nutty notes, one senses, over say 1-3 years.