Domaine de Malarrode
Jurancon is a wine region in South West France along the foothills of the Pyrenees. It produces a dry white wine and a more sought after sweet white wine. The grapes used are Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and Courbu. The vines are grown on steep mountain slopes and for the sweet wines the grapes are often hand selected well into October and November to ensure the best noble rot characteristics. It has been said that the Parliament of Navarre was the first to introduce the concept of “vintage” in the 14th century in order to preserve the authenticity of Jurancon wine. In 1553, when Henri IV, the future “Henry the Great” was born, Jurançon wine became a part of French history: when the royal infant was christened, his lips were rubbed with a clove of garlic and moistened with a drop of Jurançon wine from which he derived a vigour and an ardent spirit which were never to leave him. It is with this spirit and courage that the proprietor of Domaine de Malarrode, Gaston Mansanne, a native of Bearn, continues his family’s legacy in the vineyards of Jurancon. The vineyard was passed down to Gaston from his father, Jean Mansanne, who was orphaned at the age of 16 when he began learning the family business from his father. Today, with the know-how of his father before him, Gaston adapts the business with modern day practices and the love of working with vines to preserve one of the royal and ancient treasures of the wine world.
Jurancon “Cuvee Prestige Quintessence”

Region: Jurancon, Monein
Color: Light Yellow
Aroma: Honeysuckle and Vanilla
Tasting Notes: Notes of elder blossom, dried herbs and a nice flintiness. The flavors are intensely fresh and focused with flavours of lemon curd and hints of tart apple.
Food Pairings: All types of blue cheese, foie gras, and crème filled fried pastries
Grape Variety: 100% Petit Manseng
Alcohol Level: 14.5%

Vinification/Process: All work in the vineyard, including of course the grape harvest, is entirely manual. It goes without saying that the wine-making process itself is as non-interventionist as possible. Fermentation and aging in oak barriques for a total of 12 months.
Notes/Facts: Jurançon occupies an auspicious place in French history. As the story goes, when the future King Henry IV was christened in 1553, his infant lips were touched with a drop of Jurançon wine and cloves of garlic, which was said to give him lifelong vigor as King. This practice is repeated to this day at many local French christenings.