Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2015 Jurançon

(Code: MONT/GRAP/15)
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	Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2015 Jurançon
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)
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 Great now, but will evolve to 2025 and beyond

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 mango, 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 rich, semi-sweet apricot and peach flavours, with a gently viscous 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. This is the 12th vintage of this wine that I have had the pleasure of writing-up, and not one has ever failed to bowl me over. The sweetness and purity of fruit, perfectly married to that amazing acidity and lingering length always makes for something quite memorable, and something that is far more than the sum of its parts. I well remember the effect that first vintage (2004) had on me, and to this day, it remains my "desert island wine". And it is a bargain, to boot – a fraction of the price of most classic sweet wines. The word "stunning" is over-used in wine parlance, but it is hard to find a better word to describe this wine - it really has that "wow factor". Biodynamic.