Brumaire Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Moelleux, Alain Brumont, France
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% abv (50cl)
Grape variety: 100% Petit Manseng
Flavour Profiles: Sweet, Aromatic, Rich, Honey, Stone Fruits, Passionfruit, Mango, Beeswax.