Welcome to the southwest part of France, in one of my favourite parts of the region regarding wines, Jurancon! Located near the city of Pau, it is a special place for many reasons. It’s simply one of the most beautiful French vineyards, with steep slopes and scenic landscape, including the often snow covered Pyrenees in the background. Jurançon is a small-size appellation of about 1,000 hectares farmed by 100 producers. It is historically known for late-harvest sweet wines but produce some great whiet wines too and it is still very much under the radar of most.
Why do we like it?
Henri Ramonteau established Domaine Cauhape in 1980 on his parent's farm, starting only with one hectare. Nowadays, the Domaine is one of the highlights of the region in both dry and sweet wines. This is a blend of local grapes that are very well suited to the climate influenced by the Atlantic and the Pyrenees. After being hand-harvested, the grapes are crushed and destemmed then macerated on skins for 12 hours before pressing. The next step is the co-fermentation of the 5 grapes and a maturation on lees for 5 months. It's fresh and vibrant with a real tangy grip at the end. Notes of lemon zest and green pear along with a touch of quince and ginger tones. There is an excellent persistence and an electrifying acidity, why not trying this wine with your favourite Asian food?