In Laroin village (near Pau), in front of the Pyrénées mountains, the vineyards are at an altitude of 300 metres and planted on sandy clay soils (poudingues du Jurançon).
50% Petit Manseng, 50% Gros Manseng
Age of the vines: 20-30 years old
Biodynamic production since 1994 Manual harvest & Low yields.
Geographic position : On the first foothills of the Atlantic Pyrenees in the heart of Béarn, land of Henri IV, at an altitude of 332m. On the hillside, in the south, facing the Pyrenees and Pic du Midi d’Ossau mountains.
Soil : Clay and flint specific to our terroir : the poudingues of Jurançon
Area : 1.5ha on our most mature gros manseng and our petit manseng from the terraces.
Grape varieties : Gros manseng 50 % Petit manseng 50 %
Croping techniques : Traditional ploughing. The vines have been under biodynamic management since 1994. Nothing detracts from the authenticity of the terroir, no herbicides or pesticides. The work of the human hand finds its true expression. Nettles, horsetails, columbines and chamomile stand guard…
Yield : 25 hl /ha
Harvest: Manual by successive sorting about 15 days after the dry domain just before the raisining.
Vinification : in temperature controled stainless steel vats, so that to preserve all the aromatic potential of the Gros Manseng.
Cellaring Potential: to be consumed within 15 years. Plenitude after 5 years
Serving : depending of the external temperature, between 8 and 12 degrees.
The grapes are harvested in several times to select the most suitable each time. They are partially destemmed and directly pressed. The fermentation with no added yeasts and the ageing are done in stainless vats. There might be a couple of soutirages (racking) but there is no fining. When bottling, the wine can be lightly filtrated.