Nestled in the heart of Jurançon in the Aquitaine region, Domaine Cauhapé covers 40 hectares of slopes that are generously exposed to the south and east. Protected by the Pyrenees to the east and moderated by the Atlantic ocean to the west, the climate is continental with ideal growing conditions. The soils are composed of a mixture of clay, silica and stone allowing a quintessential expression of the traditional varieties of Jurançon, Gros and Petit Manseng. Petit Manseng is left to raisinate on the vines in good years to create Jurançon Moelleux with its characteristic notes of crystallized fruit and honey.
Domaine Cauhape is located in Jurançon, and produces a variety of wines made mainly from the indigenous Petit and Gros Manseng grapes. Mainly known for its sweet wines, this versatile white is the flagship for dry whites in the region.
The vines are grown on clay-siliceous soils with a south-eastern exposure. The grapes are harvested by hand in small volume crates at the beginning of October. Fermentation and ageing in stainless steel tanks for 5 months on the lees.
This richly aromatic, dry white, amazes with tropical fruit, white pepper and cinnamon aromas. On the palate the wine is creamy yet has minerality giving it a lovely freshness. Stoned fruit combined with hints of citrus provides an elegant and clean finish.
Between Biarritz and Lourdes, facing the Pyrenees in heart of Bearn, Henri Ramonteu créâtes dry and sweet white wines from an exceptional terroir, the land of Domaine Cauhape. The wines of Jurancon with their fruity, complex aroma and élégant golden colour, will assuredly enchant lovers of fine, signature wines.
With a foie gras mi-cuit, fattened chicken, fish, prawns or shellfish and a Jurançon wine from Cauhape, you are able to create the most refined pairing.
The vineyard cover 42 hectares of clay dominant terroir. The vines are planted on the steep hillsides. With a south, south-east exposure and differing altitude between the parcels of vines (the highest 400m) the vines benefit from optimum climatic conditions. The variety Petit Manseng contributes to the making of great sweet wine and equally to gréât dry wines. The Gros Manseng and Courbu bring finesse and fruit. The Camaralet and Lauzet are ancient varieties that we are reintroducing little by little to give birth to a new generation of dry Jurancon wines.
Very attractive, fresh and lively, the nose offers a gentle caress of exotic flavours and mixed with beautiful notes of luscious citrus fruits. Gros Manseng grape harvest is a feminine wine with smooth and balanced palate with a parade of delicacies that swirl with flavours of lychees, peaches, apricots. An exercise in style that will delight you as an aperitif.
Anthony Byrne Fine Wines Ltd. Registered in England and Wales with company number 01713692.