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Domaine de Montesquiou Cuvade Préciouse 2013 Jurançon Sec
Domaine de Montesquiou Cuvade Preciouse 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged in oak barrels for 10 months
Grapes 70% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Aperitif, hard cheeses, lemon chicken, risotto, salmon
Next day
Even better - keeps for days in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A bright, medium-pale, limpid gold colour. I could happily sit just savouring the aromas and flavours of this wine and not write a word. But of course I must - because from the moment the cork is pulled, it takes all of a minute to start showing the vibrancy, class and sheer joie de vivre that I have come to expect from the wines of Domaine de Montesquiou. I have often opined that this estate is the greatest discovery of my time in the wine business, and this one delivers everything I hope for and more. It reeks and tastes of apple, lemon, lime, quince and all manner of stone fruits, with subtle floral and herbal nuances and more steely minerality than you can shake a stick at. Aged in oak barrels for a year, though you may not notice, for the effect is masterly. And the palate certainly lives up to the billing, with all of the elements melding together in perfect harmony. It bites, yet at the same time caresses, with bucket loads of white fruit and citrus, wrapped around an immense core of steely, stony minerality and bracing acidity. It really does make the mouth water and the tabs laugh in a truly life-affirming way. Although from a backwater of southwest France, and made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, this isn't (stylistically) a million miles from top-notch white Burgundy. Or perhaps something *really* good from its close namesake, the Jura. Frankly, I have run out of superlatives for this grower's wines. Quite simply, they are very special. Biodynamic.
 

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Domaine de Montesquiou Cuvade Préciouse 2014 Jurançon Sec
Domaine de Montesquiou Cuvade Preciouse 2014
Vintage
2014
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged in oak barrels for 10 months
Grapes 60% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng, 10% Camaralet
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Aperitif, hard cheeses, lemon chicken, risotto, salmon
Next day
Even better - keeps for days in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A bright, medium-pale, limpid gold colour. Intense! And very complex, too - aromas of lime oil and orange peel, with a generous portion of apple pie with raisins and hints of exotic fruits, not to mention a pot-pourri of herbs and spices. Having been bottled in September 2015, at the time of writing (November 2015) it takes a full day or more after opening to really open-up, but one's patience is richly rewarded. Although this wine spends 10 or so months in barrel, the oak influence is ever so subtle, allowing the fruit to shine through on the palate. It is concentrated but beautifully balanced, taut and structured, full of zesty lime/orange fruit, herb and spice and even a hint of grape tannin. As ever, though, the qualities that shine through more than anything are the intense, stony/steely minerality and tab-tingling acidity, which carry the fruit all the way through to a very long finish. Another truly life-affirming wine from the finest grower in the region. Biodynamic.
 

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Domaine de Montesquiou Terre de France 2014 Vin de France
Domaine de Montesquiou Terre de France 2014
Vintage
2014
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged in oak barrels for 10 months
Grapes 65% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng, 5% Camaralet
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Aperitif, soft cheeses, lemon chicken, risotto, seafood
Next day
Even better - keeps for days in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Please forgive the long note, but this really is a fascinating wine. This is essentially the same blend as Cuvade Préciouse (see above). They occasionally experience a "stuck" alcoholic fermentation, due to the grapes being so ripe and concentrated. To qualify for the Jurancon Sec appellation, the residual sugar must be no more than 4 grammes per litre, whereas the fermentation occasionally stops whilst there is still somewhere between 8 and 12 g/l. And whilst it is possible to kick-start the fermentation again (by increasing the temperature) winemakers Fabrice and Sébastien Montesquiou feel that the resulting wine would not be true to the style of wine they are looking for. And so they bottle a few barrels (no more than 4, so by my calculation, around 1200 bottles) of this rather wonderful nectar. It isn't your typical "super cuvee" - it is a wine made by necessity, rather than design - but exhibits all of the qualities of Cuvade Préciouse, only with the volume turned up to 11(!)

The nose offers masses of honeyed, sweet-smelling quince and apricot aromas, laced with aromatic herbs and spices, orange blossom, honeysuckle and a judicious lick of oak. And yet it still has that lifted lime oil and mineral quality so typical of Jurançon Sec - you can literally smell the acidity and immense freshness, even before you take a sip. Indeed, for a wine with such immense concentration (and an abv of 14.5%) it really is quite staggeringly juicy and refreshing, with barely a hint of alcohol, and the most complex array of flavours you are ever likely to encounter in a young, dry white wine. It manages to combine the same zesty lime/orange fruit, herb and spice qualities as Cuvade Préciouse, not to mention similar levels of acidity and minerality, whilst achieving perhaps even more depth and elegance. I'm not sure if my enthusiasm for this wine is quite clear enough, but just in case it isn't, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that it is the loveliest white wine to have passed my lips this year - indeed for many a year. If it were Burgundy (for there are indeed certain structural similarities) it would be a top 1er Cru at the very least. It really is utterly wonderful and more-ish. And at the price, a really quite remarkable bargain! Biodynamic.

For (yet) more information on this fascinating wine (and Domaine de Montesquiou in general), see the Leon Stolarski Blog.

 

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Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2012 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 11 months
Grapes 100% Petit Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Blue cheese, foie gras, smoked salmon, tarte tatin, lemon layer or Sussex pond pudding, or simply as an aperitif
Next day
Indestructible - lasts for weeks in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 10-plus years
The grapes for this wine are harvested deep into November, by which time they have begun to dry on the vine, concentrating the flavours, whilst retaining all of the bracing acidity which is the hallmark of Petit Manseng. The colour is a very enticing shiny, rich yellow-gold. The nose has everything, from tangy lemon and lime oil, baked apples and apricots, through to figs, toffee, ginger and exotic spices and herbs. And it almost goes without saying that you can smell the minerality. The palate hits you with a mouthful of sweet, rich apricot and peach flavours, with a viscous but never gloopy texture, and all manner of fresh and preserved citrus and tree fruit flavours. And then you get that incredible wave of nervy acidity and steely minerality, followed by a warm, spice and ginger hit at the end. Not that anything sticks out, as it all comes together beautifully, in a wine that keeps you coming back for more. And with every sip, it reveals yet more layers of complexity and wonderfulness! A quite stunning wine, and one which I could never tire of drinking.
 

Price:  £15.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2014 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2014
Vintage
2014
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 11 months
Grapes 100% Petit Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Blue cheese, foie gras, smoked salmon, tarte tatin, lemon layer or Sussex pond pudding, or simply as an aperitif
Next day
Indestructible - lasts for weeks in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 10-plus years
The grapes for this wine are harvested deep into November, by which time they have begun to dry on the vine, concentrating the flavours, whilst retaining all of the bracing acidity which is the hallmark of Petit Manseng. The colour is a very enticing shiny, rich yellow-gold. Goodness me, what a fabulous nose! The intensity pricks (or more appropriately caresses) the senses, offering a veritable orchard-ful of sweet apple, apricot, mango and passion fruit aromas, with further notes of dessicated orange peel, root ginger, cove and fig. Trust me, it's all in there! Take a sip and you are transported to vinous heaven. It is palpably sweet, luscious and full-bodied, whilst at the same time supremely balanced, courtesy of the most glorious, tangy, citrussy acidity and earthy minerality. You could *almost* imagine drinking this as a main course wine (think chicken, duck or sweet and sour pork), but the rich, sweet/tangy palate makes for a match made in heaven for starters such as patés, fois gras or smoked mackerel. Or of course it is equally suited to desserts (lemon or apple-based tarts and puddings) or soft cheeses. A stunning wine! Biodynamic.
 

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Domaine de Montesquiou Vendanges Tardives 2011 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Vendanges Tardives 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 18 months
Grapes 100% Petit Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Blue cheese, foie gras, smoked salmon, tarte tatin, lemon layer or Sussex pond pudding, or simply as an aperitif
Next day
Indestructible - lasts for weeks in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 10-plus years
This is made from the estate's oldest Petit Manseng vines, with grapes harvested during a succession of "tries" (passes) through the vineyard, during late November and early December. Several more notches up the ripeness scale, this really is a wonderfully concentrated wine, pure 24 carat gold in colour, with a nose that possesses everything that Grappe d'Or has, along with candied fruits of all descriptions and colours and notes of toasted almonds, diesel and woodsmoke, basil and oregano. A hint of honey even suggests a touch of botrytis (on both the nose and palate) whilst the acidity is definitely more tangerine and seville orange than the lemon/lime of its sibling - still wonderfully bracing and tangy, but richer and fuller, and with all sorts of apple crumble, honeycomb, raisin and mixed spice things going on. At £27.50 for a full 75cl bottle, this really does provide amazing value for money. Plus of course it will keep for weeks, or even months in the fridge, once opened - if you can resist, that is! A quite extraordinarily lovely wine.
 

Price:  £27.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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