2017 Camin Larredya Costat Darrer
2017 Camin Larredya Costat Darrer from Darrèr is a great introduction to the style of the domaine and how Jean-Marc Grussaute is capturing the concentration of the sugar without remarkable elegance This wine is a blend between Mansengs grown on the west facing slopes of the property, blended with grapes he buys since 20 years from three dear friends – they have another job and are tending their small plots for pleasure. The goal of this wine is to offer a delicious, refreshing moelleux in the way it was done last century at a fantastic price for value. Hand-harvested, the grapes are slowly pressed to extract aroma and structure from the Mansengs. Vinification and aging happen in foudres. Volcanic sulfur is used with parsimony and the wine is sterile filtered. 2017 is an ideal vintage in the region, a little bit too perfect for Jean-Marc who likes the character a complex growing season can bring! This Costat Darrèr is a delicious candy, a pure gourmandise with a little more concentration than usual. If you like orange marmalade, membrillo paste, cinnamon and lily of the valley, you will love this nose. Once again, the sweetness seems swallowed by the acidity, leaving the palate fresh and ready for another glass. Enjoy it today or keep it 5 years. A pan-sautéed foie gras with apple-cider reduction, a passion fruit panna cotta or a mild blue-cheese would make some great pairing. 75% Petit Manseng, 25% Gros Manseng. 60 g RS. Pascaline Lepeltier.
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