A brilliant gold in the glass, “Symphony de Novembre” presents a whole orchestra of flavors and aromas, it is such a complex, layered wine. 100% Petit Manseng, aged in one- to two-year old barrique. Candied blood orange rind, sweet peaches, poached pears and candied kumquats blend in a riot of flavor on the succulent, off-dry mouth (76 g/l residual sugar). A late-harvest wine; grapes are left to hang until well into November. Well-structured and run through with mineral vibrancy and poise, there is no fear of this “sweetie” becoming tired or too flabby on the tongue. Each sip is bolstered by great acidic verve and mountain-fresh balance. The finish is all baking spices and honeycomb. Rich yet elegantly so—yes, you should try it with fois gras but don’t think the dish has to be so fancy. A creamy sheep cheese, seared halibut, a simple walnut tart—there’s so many possibilities.
Domaine Cauhapé, Jurançon
Domaine Cauhapé is one of the most important producers in the
Jurançon—an ancient wine region at the foot of the majestic Pyrenees in
southwestern France. Legend has it that the future king Henri IV was welcomed into the world
with a drop of sweet Jurançon wine on his lips. This is the wine of
royalty—it is Baroque in its enchantments, yet it is hardly a wine to
empty the king’s coffers. Which makes it one heck of a discovery,
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