`Symphonie de Novembre` Jurançon Moelleux

Jurançon

Domaine Cauhapé

In 1970, owner, winemaker and label artist, Henri Ramonteu took over his family’s...

cattle farm in Monein in south west France. He sold the cattle, purchased four hectares of vines and started Domaine Cauhapé. He made his first sweet wines in 1980 (historically, Jurançon produced only sweet wines) and his first dry wines in 1984. Today, the domaine is one of the most highly regarded in the appellation and the wines are hallmark Jurançon, showcasing the very best of what the region has to offer.

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Vineyards

Domaine Cauhapé owns 43 hectares of vines. This is a real stronghold in Jurançon, given that the entire appellation totals only 1,000 hectares. Planted in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the vineyards are south and south-east facing and are situated up to 400 metres above sea level, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and retain good levels of acidity. The vines are on average 10 years old, sustainably farmed and are planted on siliceous-clay soils, which have excellent water retention for the hotter, summer months. The Petit Manseng grapes remain on the vine until November, allowing them to dry and shrivel, thereby concentrating the sugars. Whole bunches are hand picked and yields are extremely low at only 28 hectolitres per hectare.

Vintage Information

The 2015 vintage was characterised by a long, dry and hot summer, with very little rainfall. These weather conditions produced a healthy crop of ripe grapes, promising wines with great concentration and complexity. The ripening period was long with harvest beginning on 20th September and finishing in January 2016. This particular cuvée was picked on 18th November. The whole range of wines from Domaine Cauhapé were made in the 2015 vintage.

Vinification

‘Symphonie de Novembre’ is made from 100% Petit Manseng. The grapes were on average 10 years old. They were whole bunch pressed into 225 litre barriques, followed by fermentation. The wine spent 10 months in oak and four weeks in stainless steel before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Remarkably intense on the nose, the aromas are a perfect blend of exotic and citrus fruits, with notes of resin, spice and toast. The palate is smooth and very aromatic, lifted by ripe fruit flavours, and notes of pineapple, quince and chestnut. A complex and delicate wine.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Petit Manseng
Region Jurançon
Winemaker Henri Ramonteu
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.61g/l
Residual Sugar 74.4g/l
Wine pH 2.98