Petit Manseng Sec 2018

Varieties: Petit Manseng

Vineyard: Monein and Lasseube

Harvest: Oct 4th 2018 (Monein), Oct 10th 2018, Oct 11th 2018 (Lasseube)

Production: 2,251 bottles of 75c (yellow wax capsules), plus 144 unfiltered bottles of 75cl (pale green wax capsules)

Winemaking Notes

  • Hand Harvested
  • Hand Sorted
  • Foot trodden in the press basket
  • Basket Pressed with one rebèche
  • Cold Settled (debourbage) for 3 days in steel tank
  • Fermented using 2 selected yeasts
  • Fermentation and aged in used French oak barrels of 3-5 years old, coming from Cru Classé vineyards in Sauternes (Lasseube grapes), and Pauillac (Monein Grapes)
  • Occasional battonage
  • The wine was pumped just 4 times from picking to bottling. Racking by inert gas transfer
  • Blended August 10th 2019
  • Bottled September 20th 2019

Technical Analysis

Abv 14.65%

TA (tartaric) 9.48g/l

pH 2.92

18mg/l free SO2 at bottling, 70mg total

RS 2.9g/l

Commentary

A blend combining the richness and power of Monein fruit with the finesse of Lasseube fruit, this petit manseng was vinified oxidatively initially, then reductively when dry. The wine is in an unusual style—highly concentrated with rich, ripe notes of pineapple and peaches balanced by a racy, lime zestiness. Drinking well now, though should continue to improve in bottle for many years. Food Matching— drink with cheese or robust white meat dishes. Perfect with chicken in a mushroom sauce, or the local Ossau Iraty sheep’s cheese.