Jurançon Sec: Domaine Bellegarde 'Énergique' 2019
Pascal Labasse's nervy, young Jurançon Sec 'Énergique' from his beloved Domaine Bellegarde, in the shadow of the Pyrenees at Monien. 100% Gros Manseng planted on clay-limestone south/south-western facing slopes.
White flower and grapefruit nose with stone-fruit and cassis flavours. Best drunk young and lightly chilled. Pair with shellfish and crustaceans, smoked charcuterie or local Pyrenees cheeses.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Midi, Jurançon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Gros Manseng|
|Food & Wine Matching||Charcuterie, Cheese, Seafood|
|Cellarage||Designed to be drunk young, within 2 to 3 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand harvested at the end of September to the start of October. Cold maceration for 4 to 5 days, fermented in temperature controlled tanks using indigenous yeast. Spring-bottled.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Domaine Bellegarde (Pascal Labasse)
The historic Béarnais appellation of Jurançon lies to the south and west of the city of Pau and is for white wines only based on Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Courbu. Domaine Bellegarde, with 16 hectares under vine, can be found 20 kilometres west of Pau outside the village of Monein and has been in the hands of Pascal Labasse since 1986. The domaine was first acquired by the Labasse family following the return of Pascal's grandfather from New Orleans in 1914. The family had originally emigrated due to the phylloxera epidemic, which destroyed most of the vines in France (although a few of the vines at higher altitude are pre-phylloxera). Pascal is passionate about his wine and is part of the 'new wave' of young generation growers. He crafts a tangy, dry white wine and fine sweet wines that drink well from bottling but that can age well over many years.
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