Château Jolys Cuvée Jean 750ml 2012
Product Code: 10019/12
A lovely dessert wine which is not too sweet. An earlier vintage received 95 points Huon Hooke: "I love the fragrance, the balance, the understated sweetness, the delectable harmony of it." - And we think this vintage is just as good! This wine was also featured in Gabriel Gate's Taste of the Tour 2014.
This is a great, value-for-money example of the sweet wines of Jurançon-delicious fruit and sweetness but perfectly balanced and without being cloying. The sweet wines of Jurançon are amongst the great sweet/dessert wines of the world at a great price.
Region/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: Cuvee Jean is made from 100% Petit Manseng grapes.
The grapes are late harvested using the passerillage method, and the resulting concentration of sugar gives for perfectly healthy, golden and extremely ripe grapes.
Wine making: After total destemming and maceration before fermentation, we keep only the free-run juice to make this wine (juice obtained before pressing), in order to obtain the best of the richness and the aromas of the Petit Manseng grapes. After cold settling, alcoholic fermentation is carried out in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks (at around 20°C so as to preserve the aromas).
Barrel ageing for 9 months in French oak barrels.
Our tasting notes: The nose presents notes of honey, acacia, apricot and peaches. On the palate, after a fresh and round attack, we find the same aromas and complexity as with the nose. The palate is powerful yet smooth - Petit Manseng at it's very best. Fabulous length and balance. This wine, like many from Jurançon, is pleasantly sweet without a cloying finish.
Cuvée Jean can be drunk young or cellared for up 10 years.
It's best served as an aperitif, with foie gras/pate or smoked salmon, and also pairs perfectly with creamy fish and poultry dishes as well as cheese.
The 2012 has recently landed and hasn't received any reviews as yet, however, here is what the experts have said about previous vintages:
Huon Hooke gave this wine a stunning 95 points "Medium yellow-gold colour. The bouquet is hauntingly fragrant, complex and beguiling, as is the palate. It's only medium-sweet, but it's far more interesting and attractive than the old Sauternes served alongside it. I love the fragrance, the balance, the understated sweetness, the delectable harmony of it."
Jancis Robinson gave this wine 17.5 points "Luxurious, baked treacle tart and lemon juice. Delicious and full but not sickly. Pure, focused, delicious. (RH)"
This wine was also featured in an episode of Gabriel Gaté's Taste of the Tour in 2014....
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Product Code: 10019/12