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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Jurançon Moelleux "Les Casterasses"
75% Petit Manseng, 25% Gros Manseng 15 - 70 years Clay, Limestone 10 ha
Jurançon Moelleux “La Quintessence”
Petit Manseng 15 - 70 years Clay, Limestone 10 ha
Jurançon Moelleux “L’Eminence”
Petit Manseng 15 - 70 years Clay, Limestone 10 ha
Jurançon Sec
Gros Manseng 15 - 70 years Clay, Limestone 10 ha
Jurançon Sec "Les Casterasses"
Gros Manseng 15 - 70 years Clay, Limestone 10 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Grapes are grown biodynamically (aeration of the soil, herbal infusions, natural composts, cover crops, planting in accordance with the lunar calendar) used to stimulate the natural immune system of the vine


Jurançon Sec:

• Wine is fermented in cuve

• Wine ages for 6 months on its lees before bottling


Jurançon Sec “Les Casterasses” :

• “Les Casterasses” named for an ancient castle

• Wine is fermented dry, then aged in oak casks (2 to 3 years old) and stirred regularly on its lees for 6 months


Jurançon :

• Same blend as the sec (100% gros manseng) but it is harvested later using passerillage method

• Aged for six months is stainless steel cuves

• Darker color, more of a moelleux in style, but with mouthwatering acidity.  Much less concentrated than all of his petit manseng wines.  This is the classic, textbook example of Jurançon.


The Moelleux:

• Made using the passerillage method

“Les Casterasses” is normally fermented and aged in oak barrels

“La Quintessence” is harvested in November, then fermented and aged in a mix of both new and 1 year-old oak barrels

“L’Eminence” is normally harvested in December, and is then fermented and aged in new oak barrels for 18 months

MISCELLANEA

The wonderful French author, Colette, called Jurançon’s wine ‘a great seducer.’  It ‘inflamed’ her when she was an adolescent. Now, isn’t that better than one hundred percent score?

Kermit Lynch

General Information

Country
France
Region
Southwest
Appellation(s)
Jurançon
Producer
Claude Loustalot
Founded
1973
Annual Production
3,000 cases
Farming
Biodynamic

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