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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
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
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.
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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