Jurancon Sec, Lapeyre
The vines of Clos Lapeyre face southwards towards the hound’s-tooth Pic du Midi d’Ossau with maximum exposure to
sunlight yet simultaneously protected from strong winds. The 12ha vineyard has been exhaustively mapped and analysed for
soil composition to obtain a profile of the microbial activity in the vineyard and as a result divided into twelve segments, each
of which are treated according to how the soil, and, by definition, the vine needs to be nourished.
Jean-Bernard Larrieu is one of the poets of Jurançon. Even in his straight Jurançon Sec (100% Gros Manseng) he
achieves aromatic intensity by picking late and using the lees to obtain colour and extract.
A little bit niche but it’s a wine that deserves to be tried. There are notes of honey and blossom but the richness is balanced by fresh acidity. A great cheese wine; perfect with strong washed rind cheeses such as Highmoor.
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