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A Gourmet Gazette Fine Wine Find: the Jurançon of the Domaine Cauhapé

The Symphonie de Novembre Jurançon from the Cauhapé estate. Photo courtesy Domaine Cauhapé . Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

It is one of those rare wines, sweet yet not too sweet. Perfect for cocktail hour but great with foie gras, a dessert course or blue and green-veined cheeses, the blues, the Roqueforts. The Jurançon from the Domaine Cauhapé is a wine elaborated with a single and rare grape variety, the Petit Manseng which is harvested in mid-November and the wine is called Symphonie de Novembre, November’s Symphony. A generous wine, with a spicy yet fruity taste and a golden color, typical of the Jurançons and it can be kept for some 15 years. The estate is worked entirely by hand and is known for the rarity of its grape varieties. The Domaine Cauhapé produces both dry and sweet white wines and can be found in the most prestigious hotels of Paris, notably The Ritz, The George V and the Crillon. The Cauhapé estate is a member of the Vignobles et Signatures collections, a group of 18 family-owned wineries. Jurançons are produced in the south of France in the region of Pau which is about 125 miles directly south of Bordeaux. The vineyards are nestled into the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains near the border with Spain. The Petit Manseng grape variety attracts the famous pourriture noble or noble rot, that is typical of Sauternes and so the Jurançons are known for their remarkable aromas and rich taste.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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