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Domaine de Montesquiou Terre de France 2016 Vin de France

(Code: MONT/TERRE/16)
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Domaine de Montesquiou Terre de France 2016 Vin de France
Vintage
2016
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged in oak barrels for 10 months
Grapes 65% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng, 5% Camaralet
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Aperitif, soft cheeses, lemon chicken, risotto, seafood
Next day 
Even better - keeps for days in the fridge
Drink Now, or to 2025
Just to recap, this wine is essentially the same blend as Cuvade Préciouse (see above). They occasionally experience a "stuck" alcoholic fermentation, due to the grapes being so ripe and concentrated. To qualify for the Jurancon Sec appellation, the residual sugar must be no more than 4 grammes per litre, whereas the fermentation occasionally stops whilst there is still somewhere between 8 and 12 g/l. And whilst it is possible to kick-start the fermentation again (by increasing the temperature) winemakers Fabrice and Sébastien Montesquiou feel that the resulting wine would not be true to the style of wine they are looking for. And so they bottle a few barrels of this rather wonderful nectar. It isn't your typical "super cuvee" - it is a wine made by necessity, rather than design - but exhibits all of the qualities of Cuvade Préciouse, only with a little bit more of everything(!)

As you might surmise from the above description, this cuvée is only made in certain years, when the vintage conditions dictate. As with the the previous vintage (2014), the nose offers a complex array of aromas - honey, quince, apricot, aromatic herbs and spices, orange blossom, honeysuckle and - here's where it differs slightly from the 2014 - just the faintest hint of oak. Once again, though, it still has that lifted lime oil and mineral quality so typical of Jurançon Sec. And despite the concentration - and that little extra residual sugar - it remains wonderfully juicy and refreshing, with the most complex array of flavours you are ever likely to encounter in a young, almost-but-not-quite-dry white wine. It manages to combine the same zesty lime/orange fruit, herb and spice qualities as Cuvade Préciouse, with similar levels of acidity and minerality.... but with even more depth of flavour and concentration. Another utterly wonderful and more-ish wine, and a fantastic bargain! Biodynamic.