Domaine Laguilhon is owned by viticulturalist Henri Estreboou...
The domaine is most likely named after a shepherds crook (aiguillon) because it is situated on a hill where cows used to bypass in order to get to the fields to graze. Their vineyards are located in Monein, know for creating richer styles of Jurançon. With Domaine Laguilhon, we have found a Jurançon that we feel offers great value and is a perfect example of what this venerable wine producing region does best.
There are 12 hectares planted with Gros and Petit Manseng. The vines are south facing, which enables the grapes to raisin in good conditions. The soil is called poudingue de Jurançon (derived from the word pudding) and is composed of fragments of round stones and alluvial sediment which provides excellent drainage in this wet region (1200 mm of rain per year).
Winter 2011/2012 was very cold and the vines had a late budburst. Summer was very hot and was followed by some welcome rainfalls in September, which allowed the vines to have a slower final maturation. Healthy grapes were harvested during the first ten days of October.
All of the grapes were hand harvested and picked at optimum ripeness. Fermentation occurred in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks after which the wine matured on its lees for six months to give it richness on the palate.
This dry Jurançon is fresh and vivacious with aromas of pears and green apples. It is perfect as an aperitif or with dishes that require acidity to balance the richness.
50% Gros Manseng
50% Petit Manseng
Liberty Wines customers can order this wine directly from us.