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Cabidos Vin Doux, Cuvée Saint Clément, Petit Manseng 2015 50cl

White Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
A gorgeous southern French nectar from late-picked petit manseng grapes in a lost world amidst rolling countryside near the Pyrenees. Sweet yet balanced by tingling freshness, and with the added weight of the excellent 2015 vintage.
Price: £9.95 Bottle
Price: £59.50 Case of 6
Due in on 30/09/21
Code: FC36141

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dessert sweetness
  • Petit Manseng
  • 11.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2025
  • 50cl
  • Cork, natural

South-West France (ex Bordeaux)

Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. ...
Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.

The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:

Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.

Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.

Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.

Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. Here you will find Côtes de Gascogne, Madiran, Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Irouléguy, the latter of which is in real Basque country in the foothills of the Pyrennes, close to the Bay of Biscay.

The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is surprisingly strong even this deep inland and it merges with continental and alpine elements across such a large area to provide moist spring weather and wet winters counterbalanced by hot summers and long, sunny autumns just as the grapes are ripening. Naturally, the area is great enough in size for the soils to be incredibly varied across it. Alluvial and marine soils, often gravel and limestone respectively, are common factors in many areas, the former often on rising terraces above rivers or ancient watercourses.

In many appellations and IGPs it has taken the dynamism of forward thinking, passionate cooperatives and visionaries to save the vineyards and indigenous grape varieties of these regions from serious neglect or even extinction. The devastation of phylloxera around the end of the 19th century was particularly bad in these areas and it was not really until the 1970s, and even later in some cases, that a turnaround in fortunes occurred. The roll call of local varieites is impressive and promising – abouriou, arrufiac, baroque, duras, fer servadou, jurançon noir, len de l’el, petit manseng, gros manseng, mauzac, négrette, tannat and peiti courbu. It is a region that should make a curious wine lover’s mouth water.
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Château de Cabidos

The heart of this domaine is the Château de Cabidos, a listed historical monument dating back to the 16th century sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the Pyrenees in the Béarnais.

The majority of the plantings are 7.3 hectares of the local petit manseng variety, with a hectare of sauvignon and smaller parcels of chardonnay and syrah. There has been a great deal of investment here with new cellars carefully designed and built in sympathy with the old château while introducing modern equipment. There are five cellar rooms, each temperature controlled, in which they make and mature their wines.

A small amount of red is made from the syrah but excellent dry and dessert whites – made from petit manseng – form the majority of production and the sweet wines are something of a passion. Sustainable viticulture is used throughout.

Unusually, the lady winemaker here is Meo Sakorn-Series, the only Thai winemaker in France and recently awarded the prestigious Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by the President of France.

For the luscious sweet wines the grapes are allowed to raisin on the vine, occasionally into December for some cuvées, using a method called passerillage in which the stems of the bunches are twisted to shut off the flow of sap, concentrating the sugars in the bunches as they hang long into the autumn.

The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and then gently pressed before fermentation in stainless steel. The resulting wines are aged in French ...
The heart of this domaine is the Château de Cabidos, a listed historical monument dating back to the 16th century sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the Pyrenees in the Béarnais.

The majority of the plantings are 7.3 hectares of the local petit manseng variety, with a hectare of sauvignon and smaller parcels of chardonnay and syrah. There has been a great deal of investment here with new cellars carefully designed and built in sympathy with the old château while introducing modern equipment. There are five cellar rooms, each temperature controlled, in which they make and mature their wines.

A small amount of red is made from the syrah but excellent dry and dessert whites – made from petit manseng – form the majority of production and the sweet wines are something of a passion. Sustainable viticulture is used throughout.

Unusually, the lady winemaker here is Meo Sakorn-Series, the only Thai winemaker in France and recently awarded the prestigious Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by the President of France.

For the luscious sweet wines the grapes are allowed to raisin on the vine, occasionally into December for some cuvées, using a method called passerillage in which the stems of the bunches are twisted to shut off the flow of sap, concentrating the sugars in the bunches as they hang long into the autumn.

The grapes are harvested by hand, sorted and then gently pressed before fermentation in stainless steel. The resulting wines are aged in French oak barrels for a year before bottling. They are classic wines of the region, the perfect match for local foie gras and fruit desserts, and sit happily beside salty blue cheeses.
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