2012 Brumont, “Brumaire”, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Moelleux, France
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Roving Sommelier loves regional French wines, especially the artisan wines of the Southwest of France. Château Bouscassé is owned and run by the Brumont family, led by the legendary Alain Brumont since the late 1970s. Alain Brumont is a pioneer and visionary and over the last thirty years has single-handedly put Madiran on the fine wine map. From simple Vins de Pays to his single estate wines at Bouscassé and Montus, he makes outstanding wines of great character.
Petit Manseng rivals the great sweet wine varieties. Its natural acidity harmonizes balance and freshness with a long, clean finish. Harvested late in the season, the grapes become partially dried on the vine, resulting in wines with candied fruit flavours. We make three different cuvées of sweet Pacherenc, according to the harvest date (October, November, or December) named after the months of the French revolutionary calendar: Vendémiaire, Brumaire and Frimaire. These three cuvées are harvested according to specific natural degrees of sweetness: 18° for Vendémiaire, 19° for Brumaire and 20° for Frimaire. Bouscassé’s Pacherencs are ranked among the world’s greatest white wines. This one is the Brumaire and is produced normally in November and each individual Petit Manseng grape is hand-harvested.
Vinification and Maturing: pressing of whole bunches, selection of juice directly from the press. Fermentation in new barrels at 18°C. Stopping of fermentation by cooling, depending on the desired balance. Maturing on the lees for 8 to 12 months in new barrels with stirring (battonage).
The Petit Manseng grown in Pacherenc du Vic Bilh or Jurançon is much appreciated by sommeliers, who pair it wonderfully with the region’s foie gras. It can also be served as an aperitif or with yellow fruit desserts, such as citrus, passionfruit or mango.
Alcohol: 13.5% abv (50cl)
Grape variety: 100% Petit Manseng
Flavour Profiles: Sweet, Aromatic, Rich, Honey, Stone Fruits, Passionfruit, Mango, Beeswax, Good natural acidity.