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2012 Jurançon Sec Cuvée Marie Charles Hours (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Charles Hours   details
Appellation: Jurançon Sec - Sud-Ouest - France (AOC)
Type: white
Varietal: Gros Manseng
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
Alcohol %: 14.5
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rated (2010 vintage, 750ml bottle) : May 16, 2012 , K&L Wine Merchants
"Wines from Jurancon (a region located in southwestern France) have been celebrated since the middle ages. A drop of Jurancon moelleux is said to have moistened the lips of the infant Henry IX at his baptism in 1553. And the French poet Colette was an ardent admirer of the wines, writing "When I was a teenager, I met a prince, imperious traitor, like any great seducer: the Jurancon." Charles Hours on his Clos Uroulat estate makes only two wines, and they are both outstanding. The dry "Cuvee Marie" is comprised of 90% gros manseng along with 10% Courbu. The grapes are grown on soil composed of layers of chalk, clay and pebbles. The grapes are manually harvested, gently crushed, and transferred by gravity to oak barrels, 10% of which are new. This is a wonderfully rich and concentrated wine, with good balancing acidity to boot. The great English wine writer James Turnbull writes: "It represents great quality at a fraction of the price of a Meursault or a Pessac-Leognan." (Fine French Wines)"
tasted (2002 vintage, 750ml bottle) : March 27, 2006 , Dominique Noel
3.5 stars "Color: pale; Nose: discreet; Aromas: floral; Acidity: lively; Sweetness: dry; Body: medium-bodied; Finish: persistent; Overall: pleasant; The 2002 Jurançon Sec “Cuvée Marie” is an exceptional, fresh and aromatic wine made from 97% Gros Manseng & 3% Courbu. It is barrel fermented (only 10% new oak) and lees-aged for about 11 months. The fresh summer of 2002 brought enough acidity to this wine to balance the natural alcohol of the Gros Manseng. The result is a superb effort offering elegant structure in the palate with discrete oaky and smoky notes and hints of white flowers, exotic fruit, lemon peel and pineapple. Rich with a creamy texture, it is complex, nicely balanced with racy acidity. " Best 2006-2008
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