This is a sponsored post written by me in conjunction with the December #Winophiles event.
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While I received four beautiful bottles of French wine, for the actual French Winophiles Fête I stuck with a quintessential classic: Champagne - with a bottle from one of the event sponsors Drappier. You can read my post: A French Winophiles Fête: Foie Gras, Pain d'Épices & Champagne Drappier. But I still had a few more bottles to open and explore.
Today, I'm sharing thoughts about the Domaine Cauhapé 2017 Chant des Vignes – Jurançon Sec.
The Jurançon is a wine region, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in Southwestern France. The area produces a dry white wine and a more sought after sweet white wine. The indigenous grape varieties used are Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, and Courbu. Given my reading, this was more dry than I anticipated, but still had the typical tropical fruit notes I had expected.
This wine includes those three grapes...and then some. It is a blend of 30% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng, 30% Camaralet, 5% Lauzet, and 5% Courbu.
These lesser known varietals resulted in an almost citrusy wine with notes of grass and honeysuckle. Still, it's bright and balanced with fair acidity and a medium heft. Sipping it alone was fine, but it shined with the dinner.
I served the wine with oven-roasted mussels over wilted greens. What a meal! Recipe to come later.