Domaine de Souch is located on the first foothills of the Atlantic Pyrenees in the heart of the Bearn – the original homeland of Henry the IV - at an altitude of 332m. The vines are planted on the hillside, facing south and overlooking the Pyrenees and the Pic du Midi d'Ossau. The estate has been under biodynamic management since 1994.
Marie Kattalin is the most powerful cuvée of the estate. This wine is best enjoyed at 12°C to 14°C with local cheese (blue or sheep cheese - ideally from the region!), as an aperitif or with a creamy chicken dish such as a roast chicken & bacon pie, a Bresse Chicken or a slow-cooked leg of lamb. It also makes for the perfect pairing with a classic caramelised Tarte Tatin!
The Petit Manseng grapes come from 3ha of land (of which 2ha are planted in terraces), comprised of a clay and limestone terroir mixed with pudding stones ("Poudingue" in French).
Average age of vines: 40 years old
Vinification: The estate has been certified as biodynamic since 1994. Grapes are hand-harvested around mid-November. They are looking for "Passerillage" in order to increase sugar concentration. Wine is aged in old barrel for 12 months months and then bottled.
Ageing potential: Can be enjoyed young but are perfectly suited for aged (10 to 15 years).
- Petit Manseng
- France, South West
- Domaine de Souch
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