Jurançon Moelleux: Domaine Bellegarde 2016

Pascal Labasse is justifiably renowned for the superb sweet wines he produces. His 'Cuvée Tradition' Jurançon Moelleux is made from equal volumes of Gros and Petit Manseng that are harvested at optimum ripeness. The locals drink it as a pre-prandial sharpener, but it works very well with cheese, foie gras, and fruit desserts too.
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Tasting Notes
A golden hued Jurançon Moelleux wine with a wonderful bouquet of grapefruits and clementines and bags of sweet, pineapple fruit underscored by a fresh acidity.
About this wine
Style White Wine, Moelleux, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Midi, Jurançon
Grape Variety (Cépage) Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng
Food & Wine Matching Blue Cheese, Dessert
Organic Organic
Vintage 2016
Cellarage This wine is made for early consumption but will age quite happily over 2-5 years without evolving dramatically.
Vinification Late picked (vendanges continue until late December) hand harvested, de-stalked grapes are pneumatically pressed then vinified in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. Extremely high levels of natural sugars from air-dried, raisin-like grapes ensure an excellent concentration of sweet fruit flavours in the finished wine.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 12.5

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 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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