Jurançon Sec: Domaine Bellegarde 'Énergique' 2022
Pascal Labasse's nervy, young Jurançon Sec 'Énergique' from his beloved Domaine Bellegarde, in the shadow of the Pyrenees at Monien. This uniquely flavoured wine is produced from 100% Gros Manseng, planted on clay-limestone south/south-western facing slopes.
Made from 100% Gros Manseng, from one of the most respected wineries in Jurançon. It exibits white flower and grapefruit on the nose with stone-fruit and cassis flavours, smooth on the palate and dry on the finish. Best drunk young and lightly chilled. Pair this wine 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 (%)||13.5|
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, Camarelet and Petit Courbu. Domaine Bellegarde, with 12 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 1985. The domaine was first acquired by the Labasse family following the return of Pascal's grandfather from New Orleans in 1920. 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). His son Maxime joined the family domaine in 2020 and, like his father, is passionate about their wines - they craft tangy, dry whites and fine sweet wines that drink well from bottling but that can age well over many years.
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