Château Jolys Jurançon Sec Blanc 2014
Product Code: 10017/14
Featured in the 2016 edition of the Revue du Vin de France (French Wine Review) best French wines under 20 euros.
89 Points - Wine Enthusiast "Soft and rich with a fine fresh fruitiness and a strong mineral texture" RV
Showing some signs of age and some bottle variation - but still a good drop at this price. Great with Asian dishes.
A delightful, complex, fruity but dry and great-value-for-money wine. From the excellent 2014 vintage and from one of the most beautiful and under rated regions in France. This delicious dry white wine has an excellent acid balance allowing it to age gracefully.
Terroir: Château Jolys, the largest estate in the Jurançon AOC with its 36 hectares, nestles on the superb hills of Chapelle de Rousse village. The gentle slopes are exposed south/south-west and form amphitheatres facing the Pyrenees Mountains. Soils are chalky and clayey.
Grapes: This dry wine is made using 50% Gros Manseng grapes blended with 50% of Petit Manseng (this grape variety is indigenous to this region).
Wine making: After full destemming, the grapes undergo a pre-fermentary maceration followed by a gentle pressing. Racking of the must and the alcoholic fermentation at low temperature follows this.
All the vinification processes occur in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.
The wine rests until the following summer before being bottled.
Our tasting notes: Showing some signs of age and some bottle variation. Bright yellow colour with greenish tints. The nose is elegant and intense, with both floral and fruity aromas: honeysuckle, jasmine, grapefruit, citrus and fresh grape. On the palate, the wine is fresh, fruity and rich at the same time. The finish is long and fleshy. Crisp finish.
Here's one of the founders of Chateau Jolys, Marion Latrille talking passionately about this wine.
Single bottles, multiple bottles or complete boxes (12 bottles) can be ordered.
Check some reviews of previous vintages below.
Huon Hooke gave it 92 points to the 2011 vintage and named it "Best Import" in Sydney Morning Herald June 2013 . "The colour is medium to full yellow and the bouquet evokes citrus blossom, honeysuckle and many other appealing fragrances. The palate is delicate, seamless and gently fruity, with a trace of sweetness early, then a clean, dry finish, with balanced acidity. It’s a lovely wine but drink it soon because the synthetic stopper is not designed for cellaring. 13 per cent alcohol. 92/100 Food: pre-dinner nibbles."
Sommelier Peter Healy in his blog George the Grape wrote: "I think Petit Manseng in particular is an exciting grape. Capable of developing high sugar levels without losing its crisp, refreshing acidity. When in balance it gives you a refreshing drink that ‘moves’ in your mouth like a spinning dancer. With an initial boof of amazing sweet tropical fruits counter balanced by a late flick of dry extract that keeps your palate on its toes. This wine offers such a diverse array of uses- great aperitif, wraps itself all over rich runny Brie style cheeses or keeps good pace with lightly spiced foods- Chicken Larb comes to mind."
In the Canadian press in January 2014, Michael Godel named this as one of his best wines of the New Year, and urged readers to try something different in 2014.
Shake it up with this delicious if slightly unusual, tangy, edgy stuff. Out there and beyond your average French sipper, shaped by lemon curd and zest, tangy grapefruit and lengthened by rubber-legged dancing elasticity. May drive its car under the influence but it’s not warm and fat. Busts "the move with the quirky jerk". 88 Tasted December 2013.
Other media reviews are listed here
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