Jurancon Moelleux, Clos Lapeyre, Jurançon, France
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Roving Sommelier loves dessert wines, especially the lovely wines produced in the South-west of France in places such as Jurançon, Pacherenc and Roussillon, amongst other locations. This family farm was traditional dedicated to mixed farming with livestock, small fruits and grapes which were taken to the local cooperative. From 1985 onwards, the estate was turned over exclusively to viticulture when Jean-Bernard Larrieu gave birth to Clos Lapeyre, farming his vines, fermenting his grapes, ageing his wines, bottling and then selling them. In 2000, the vineyard covered about 10 hectares and then in 2004 it grew when the magnificent, old vineyards of Domaine de Nays-Labassère were taken over, with an extra seven hectares in the heart of Chapelle-de-Rousse.
The vineyards, which are now certified organic, are located in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The local microclimate is warm with breezes from the Atlantic and Mediterranean providing the necessary humidity to promote drying, concentration and shrivelling of the grapes while still on the vine (passerillage). All grapes are hand-harvested and contain a pleasantly refreshing acidity, which keeps the wine in balance with its natural sweetness. For me, this type of wine is very versatile and food-friendly, as it can be drunk as an aperitif and/or enjoyed with local cuisine, including foie gras and terrines, cheeses and desserts.
Alcohol: 12% abv (75cl)
Grape varieties: Gros Manseng & Petit Manseng
Flavour Profile: Medium-Sweet, Fragrant, Unctuous, Citrus, Honey, Mouth-watering acidity. Great with light, fruity desserts and blue cheeses such as Roquefort, Bleu d’Auvergne, Bleu des Causses, Gorgonzola, Dolcelatte etc. The sweetness in the wine matches the saltiness in the cheese beautifully.