By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2011 | Send Email
"I watched my father work this earth, who in turn had watched his father who had watched his father, with a beret on the head, wrinkles at the corner of their eyes, skin burnt by the sun, and thickened from working in the vineyards and cellars."- Charles Hours.
Wines from the Jurançon in southwest France have been heralded since the fourteenth century and legend reports them to have been at the baptism of Henry IV in 1553. Cultivated for generations at the cooler-climate foot of the Pyrenees, Gros Manseng, the principle white grape in this special wine, is grown on rocky, southwest exposed soils of primarily chalk and clay. Manual harvesting is followed by a gentle crush and transfer to older oak barrels, where the wine remains for 10 months, gathering considerable complexity and aromas of blanched almonds, fresh straw, lemon peel and pineapple. Serve this wonderful white with charcuterie, Basque cheese or a slow-braised pork tenderloin.