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Domaine de Montesquiou l'Estela 2012 Jurançon Sec
Domaine de Montesquiou l'Estela 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged on its lees (in vat - no oak) for 6 months
Grapes 50% Gros Manseng, 10% Petit Manseng, 40% Courbu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Salmon, shellfish, chicken, stir fry, or as an aperitif
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years

Clear, pale silvery-gold colour, with a lovely nose of freshly-cut lime, grass, nettles and pea pods. Very floral, too, redolent of spring flowers and elder blossom, dried herbs and a real sense of stony minerality. The flavours are intensely fresh and focused, zingy rather than pithy, with flavours of lime and lemon zest, hints of tart apple and a touch of peach. Medium-bodied, but with excellent concentration of fruit, wrapped around a core of intense minerality and quite breathtaking acidity. Subtle ginger and spice notes linger on a persistent, mouth-watering finish. If you appreciate delicate, nervy whites light and fresh on the palate, yet with tremendous depth and complexity - then you will love this wine. Furthermore, whilst it is wonderful to drink on its own, it is also a superb match for all manner of foods. Wonderful to drink now, or over the next couple of years - and really benefits from plenty of air. Amazing quality/price ratio, and one of the finest bargains on our list.

 

Price:  £10.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Montesquiou l'Estela 2013 Jurançon Sec
Domaine de Montesquiou l'Estela 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged on its lees (in vat - no oak) for 6 months
Grapes 50% Gros Manseng, 10% Petit Manseng, 40% Courbu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Salmon, shellfish, chicken, stir fry, or as an aperitif
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years

Clear, pale, shiny silvery-gold colour. Reading through my note on it's predecessor (the 2012) I don't really have a lot to add. Once again, the nose offers a complex array of freshly-cut lime, grass, spring flowers and elder blossom, with stony minerality and a strong whiff of Provençal herbs (notably oregano and basil). It is beautifully fresh and focused in the mouth, with flavours of lime and lemon zest, tart apple and under-ripe nectarine. Medium-bodied, but with excellent concentration of fruit (and no oak) wrapped around a core of intense minerality and laser-like acidity, with a subtle spiciness on the long finish. If you appreciate delicate, nervy whites light and fresh on the palate, yet with tremendous depth and complexity - then you will love this wine, which is great to drink now, or over the next year or two. Although equally suitable as an aperitif or with food, this is no run-of-the-mill quaffer -  it is a tight, focused and really delicious wine, and surely worth a tenner of anybody's money. Quite simply, one of the finest bargains on our list. Biodynamic.

 

Price:  £10.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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.

 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Montesquiou Amistat 2013 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Amistat 2013
Vintage
2013
 
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 12 months
Grapes 100% Gros Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Goat's cheese, foie gras, fruit salad, or as an aperitif
Next day
As good - lasts a good few days in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 5 years

New - tasting note to follow.

 

Price:  £11.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2011 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2011
Vintage
2011
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, milliseconds later, 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! This is the 7th vintage of this wine that I have had the pleasure of writing-up, and not one has ever failed to bowl me over. And this one is no different - it really is a quite stunning wine, and one which I could never tire of drinking.

 

Price:  £16.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2012 Jurançon
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

New vintage - tasting note to follow. Biodynamic.

 

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

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Domaine de Montesquiou Vendanges Tardives 2010 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Vendanges Tardives 2010
Vintage
2010
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. Read my note on Grappe d'or (above) and then add on another month or so of hang time on the vines and a few more superlatives, and this is what you get. Several more notches up the ripeness scale, this really is a super-concentrated version. 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 £28 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:  £27.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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

New vintage - tasting note to follow. Biodynamic.

 

Price:  £26.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Minimum order value, delivery charges, times and restrictions
We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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