Domaine de Montesquiou Amistat 2015 Jurançon

(Code: MONT/AMIS/15)
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Domaine de Montesquiou Amistat 2015 Jurançon
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 12 months
Grapes 100% Gros Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Foie gras, Serrano ham, tarte tatin, or as an aperitif
Next day 
As good - lasts a good few days in the fridge
Drink Now, or to 2023
The colour is a bright, limpid, shiny, pale gold. The nose is surprisingly complex, with aromas of quince, papaya, fresh root ginger and brioche. The texture is at the same time luscious and utterly mouth-watering. An attack of bitter-sweet citrus and crystallised white fruits gives way to a wonderfully tangy, semi-dry mid-palate, followed by a long, lingering, tangy, spiced orange marmalade finish. In the hierarchy of Montesquiou's sweet wines, this is strictly speaking the "entry level", and whilst the Gros Manseng is perhaps a touch more rustic than the noble Petit Manseng of Grappe d'Or, it is in many ways almost as compelling and contrary. Even for an estate that simply doesn't know how to make average wines, this is somewhat of a mini-masterpiece.