WINE NO 5 TDF CASE – STAGE 18 LOURDES – HAUTACAM, NOT FAR FROM JURANCON – JURANCON SEC METEORE CLOS LARROUYAT 2019

WINE NO 5 TDF CASE – STAGE 18 LOURDES – HAUTACAM, NOT FAR FROM JURANCON – JURANCON SEC METEORE CLOS LARROUYAT 2019

Today's final mountain stage of the Tour de France finishes at the infamous mountain of Hautacam above Lourdes. Infamous because many of the victors there over the years have been since mired in doping scandals. The first Danish Tour Winner, Bjarne Riis known as Mr 60 because of his super high haematocrit level which could only have been achieved from taking EPO. Juan Jose Cobo won there in 2008 and went on to be banned for doping after winning the Tour of Spain. And finally who can forget Lance Armstrong dropping Marco Pantani on the climb in 2000. He didn't win the stage but destroyed the field and went on to win the race, his second of seven victories all fuelled by doping.

So, onto the wine. Hautacam is south of Lourdes, celebrated religious capital of the south of the France. Not far to the west is another well known town called Pau and just south of there, nestled in the Pyrenees is the beautiful yet little known wine area, Jurancon.

Jurancon is probably better known for superb sweet wine made from Gros Mensang and Petit Manseng. In our 12 bottle Tour Case, you will find one of the finest Jurancon dessert wines made by Domaine de Souch. Called Monplaisir, it is a delicious nectar of fresh sweet stone fruits, balanced by racy acidity. The vines for the sweet wine tend to be south or south-west facing and ripen well. To the east, sweet wine is more difficult and here you find the vines for the much smaller production of Jurancon Sec.

Jurancon Meteore is a biodynamic wine made from Gros Manseng and Petit Mansen. It has stunning purity, fruit and freshness. Wow, what a bottle of wine this is. This is still a young vintage so would develop beautifully over the next few years. In youth, the wine is racy and energetic, with soft stone fruits, minerals, tension and length. The Manseng varieties give a satisfying bitterness on the finish, superb for fish dishes, but Meteore is so pure and so well balanced, as an aperitif it is fantastic.