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Study Cards on wines, petit, jurançon

Where is South West France located, what is the climate? By what is it influenced?
  • South of Bordeaux, climate almost similar;
  • Atlantic influences into flat territory of Madiran and Jurancon
  • Away from Atlantic are Bergerac, Monbazillac and Cahors, with slightly less rainfall and warmer summers
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Jurançon in the foothills of the Pyrenees at 300m is famous for its white wines. Which styles and varieties are used, include percentages.
  • Dry white and 70% medium sweet/or sweet
  • Varieties: Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng
  • 3 styles:
    • Jurançon Vendange tardives; high acidity and alcohol, lemon and mango, full body, top end, very good to outstanding, mid-to premium priced.
    • Jurançon medium sweet
    • Jurançon sec
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What are the basic regulations for the Jurancon style of wines.
  • Min. 50% Petit and/or Gros Manseng
  • Yields vary
  • Medium sweet: min 40g/l RS
  • Vendanges Tardives: min 55 g/l RS, exclusively PM and Gros Manseng only


cost impact for higher quality wines of Petit manseng: in barriques fermented and aged (12-18 months).
No MLF to retain acidity and primary fruit.
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In South-West France there are 14 IGPs, IPG Côtes de Gascogne is the largest. Name some producers. Which grapes are allowed?
Tariquet and Plaimont
white wines very successful: Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
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