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Domaine Castera Tauzy 2016

Country: France
Region: Jurancon
Type: White
Producer: Domaine castera
Grape: Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2016
Alcohol: 14%

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There are certain wine regions you know are capable of producing sensational and distinct wines but for one reason or another they have not really reached that level. Jurancon is just such a region where over half the wine is made by the coop and most of the rest is made by producers who have not really caught up with the market. At a wine fair in Montpellier recently I hit upon a very special producer. Frank Lihour is a young, fifth generation winemaker from Monein, who has lit a fire under this sleepy region with wines that sing with Jurancon purity and terroir. Franck has made wines for over 10 years around the world (including, it turns out, at our friends at Beaumont winery in South Africa) where he picked up many ideas to improve the quality of wine back home. He gingerly introduced them to his father, and now has taken over full throttle, and wow, these wines are superb!

Tasting Notes

Tantalizing aromas of wet stone after the rain and apricot kernel on the nose, with hints of wild honey and lanolin that give it a real sense of place. As you taste, the textured layers of ripe grapefruit and flinty minerality are elegantly balanced by bracing acidity which gives lift and definition. This is rounded off with a wonderfully long, vibrant finish and that beautiful creamy salted almond flavour which always reminds me of the best Comte. Delicious.

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