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2021 Jurançon “Phoenix”

Clos Larrouyat
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Jurançon's prestigious moelleux were prized throughout history and famously lauded by Colette for having "seductive" properties. Indeed, this bottling is all about the ravishing finesse of late-harvested fruit dried on the vine. It drinks more like a demi-sec, however, thanks to its electric acidity—try it with foie gras, cheeses, or simply as an enlivening apéritif. Or, cellar it and let yourself be seduced in several years' time!

Anthony Lynch


Technical Information
Wine Type: dessert
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 500mL
Blend: Petit Manseng
Appellation: Jurançon
Country: France
Region: Southwest
Producer: Clos Larrouyat
Winemaker: Maxime and Lucie Salharang
Vineyard: Planted 2011, 2018
Soil: Trias marl, Clay, Limestone
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12%

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About The Region

Southwest

map of Southwest

Tucked away beneath Bordeaux and buffeted by the Pyrenees to the south, this expansive region of France, commonly known as the Southwest, is home to a diverse number of viticulture and gastronomic traditions as well as cultures. Though Cahors might be the most well known (and easiest to pronounce) appellation from the Southwest, the importance and influence of French Basque culture cannot be underestimated. Irouléguy, the primary appellation of the Basque region of France produces full-bodied, hearty red wines, produced from Tannat grape (known for its tannic qualities). Dry whites from Irouléguy are also produced from Petit and Gros Manseng. Northeast of Irouléguy is the sweet wine-producing appellation of Jurançon. These moelleux wines made from Petit and Gros Manseng have a storied history in France, from being the first wine region to have a vineyard classification, which dates back to the 154th century, to being preferred wine of royalty dating back to the 16th century as well as the French poet Colette.

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Inspiring Thirst

I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171