Domaine Montesquiou, L’Estela, Jurancon Sec, AOC Jurancon, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle Aquitaine, France, 2016
On AOP Jurancon (1)
Permitted varieties are gros manseng, petit manseng (the higher quality of the two mansengs), courbu, camaralet and lauzet, with the mansengs representing 98% of plantings.
Wines vinified in vat may also undergo barrel ageing for up to about 6 months. Exposure to wood is used especially with sweet whites.
Jurancon can range from dry as AOC Jurancon sec, to sweet as AOC Jurancon and AOC Jurancon vedanges tardives. The grapes for the latter are picked in tries, and the wine is described as fruité (fruity) and doux (sweet).
- Jurançon sec: strong aromas of flowers and exotic fruit, a palate with marked acidity; flavours of passion fruit, acacia, citrus, with a little bitterness on the finish.
- Jurançon: strong aromas of fruits conserves (jam), exotic fruit, mango; on the palate there is always good acidity balancing the fatness and sweetness of flavour (sucrosity) in mid-palate, with flavours of citrus, grapefruit, exotic fruit, over-ripe fruit.
- Jurançon vendanges tardives: a powerful rich nose, complex with aromas of fruit conserves (jam), wax, citrus; on the palate pineapple, fruit conserves, over-ripe grapes, exotic fruit, often with vanilla from exposure to oak.
This wine: lot No. L1601, biodynamic, a blend of 50% gros manseng, 10% petit manseng, 40% courbu; aged on the lees in vat, Diam 1 agglomerate cork closure, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski, £10.75 (04/17)
Consumer tasting note: the strong acid backbone and citrus-apple-white stone fruit profile of this wine, might lead one to think of plain Chablis or Petit Chablis, but it’s not, it’s Jurancon Sec, made mainly from gros manseng and courbu. Decant for 30 mins
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of ripe warm grapefruit flesh, under-ripe white peach, cooking apple, ripe lemon pith, a touch herbal, hint of bees-wax, yellow apple, an edge of yellow peach, and the merest suggestion of anise.
Palate: dry, high acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, a smooth velvety texture, a low-key grip, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of ripe grapefruit, richer riper white peach (than on the nose), ripe green apple, almond oil, ripe lemon pith. A medium (+) length with a clean citrus-white stone fruit finish.
Quality: good, perfectly balanced fresh acidity with alcohol, suiting the better than average intensity and slightly lesser concentration; a youthful profile with moderate complexity, and a smooth texture from some time spent on the lees (no sign of oak), follows into a sound medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing, but will keep for 1-2 years – a strong acid backbone, perfectly balanced, with a decent length, but levels otherwise, do not suggest cellaring potential.
- INAO, AOP Jurancon sec [online] accessed 02/05/18.