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Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng Wine Details
Price: $14.00 per bottle

Description: This French/Hungarian Oak barrel fermented wine is reminiscent of an Old World style Petit Manseng. Aromas of pineapple, pear, and vanilla with a toach of oak are in harmony. On the palate, fruit notes such as lemon rind, grapefruit, and pineapple are complemented by toasted oak and acidity. Petit Manseng grapes have been grown since the Middle Ages at the foothills of the Pyrenes, in Jurancon, in the southwest of France. According to legend, the wine of Jurancon was served at the baptism of King Henry IV in the year 1553. This wine pairs well with spicy Asian cuisine, crab, lobster, foie gras, and strong cheese. It is also pleasant as an apertif.

Varietal Definition
Petit Manseng:
This white wine-producing grape is being grown on small acreages in Virginia, notably by Chrysallis Vineyards. The vine originates in the Jurancon region of southwestern France, where it is highly regarded. Wines made from this variety in the Jurancon are typically of exceptionally high quality and can be very aromatic. Aromas of the wines are suggestive of cinnamon, peaches and pineapple. The best and most famous wines from the region are the Jurancon Moelleux. These are sweet wines, which are made from the small thick grapes that have been left on the vine well into November in order to concentrate natural sugars. This coupled with the grapes' natural high acidity, creates the ideal combination for great dessert wine production. The vine's loose clusters, and the high pergola training it receives in the Jurancon, limits Petit Manseng's susceptibility to rot. This is ideal for production in the humid conditions of Virginia. Unfortunately, the vine also requires an extended growing season. Only areas where e


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