Jurançon Sec: Domaine Bellegarde 'Pierre Blanche' 2022
The Labasse family's 'Pierre Blanche' (white stone) bottling of Jurançon Sec is named after the sandy limestone-clay soils where the grapes are grown. Composed of 60% Petit Manseng and 40% old-vine Gros Manseng, it has an elegant minerality and rapier acidity that is balanced by stone-fruit and a rounded finish.
Blended from a number of passes (tries) through the vineyard in mid-late October, this bottling of Petit Manseng and old-vine Gros Manseng is from south-facing 'limoneux' limestone-clay slopes. Enjoy with rabbit stew, poached salmon or roast chicken. It is odeal with mature cheese – goat's or sheep's milk cheese in particular.
|White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
|Grape Variety (Cépage)
|Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng
|Food & Wine Matching
|Cheese, Chicken and Turkey, Goat's Cheese, White Fish
|Cellar for up to 5 to 6 years after vintage. Decant for up to 2 hours before serving.
|Handpicked over several weeks in October, the grapes are fermented in demi-muids with wild yeasts and matured in oak for a year.
|Alcohol By Volume (%)
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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