The Story

 

Maxime and Lucie Salharang began planting Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, and the native Camaralet at Clos Larrouyat in 2011. The domaine sits on a rare band of Triassic limestone that runs through part of the appellation, marking its wines with a distinctive saline signature. 

Clos Larrouyat is known for its powerful fine wines, which are made using biodynamic principles with the utmost respect for both grape and soil.

The domaine produces two Jurançon sec bottlings and one moelleux. “Météore” captures the citrusy zip of Petit Manseng (40%) & Gros Manseng (60%) with total charm; “Comète” emphasizes the nerve, concentration, and exotic perfume of Petit Manseng; and “Phoenix” is all about the ravishing finesse of late-harvested fruit dried on the vine.

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"Each cuvée is a brilliant manifestation of the house style through the lens of its terroir, featuring captivating aromatics, and a distinctive balance of zesty freshness with a silky, suave mouthfeel, and a long, mouthwateringly salty finish."

 

The People

Maxime

Maxime launched the domaine on land previously belonging to his grandfather after obtaining a degree in oenology from Bordeaux, plus several harvest stages in the Bordelais and locally. Lucie joined him soon thereafter with studies in business management under her belt. The work and thoughtful application of the Salharang couple convince us that Clos Larrouyat is a future great of the Jurançon appellation.

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The Place

Jurançon, France 

Situated in the commune of Gan, just south of Pau in the shadow of the Pyrenees, Clos Larrouyat enjoys the unique climate that characterizes the vineyards of Jurançon: a combination of mountain freshness with meridional warmth, gently mediated by an oceanic influence from the nearby Atlantic. The landscape is lush and green thanks to the plentiful rainfall, while warm autumns featuring drying southerly foehn winds allow for the late harvests necessary to produce the region’s prestigious moelleux, prized throughout history and famously lauded by Colette for its seductive properties. 

The full eastern exposure and the unique particularity of the subsoil (clay and pebbles rolled on a strip of Trias) give his wines a delicate freshness, intensity, minerality and length rare for the appellation.

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