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Domaine Castéra "Memòria" Blanc, Vin de France '21
Jurançon is a small appellation in southwestern France, about 60 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean and north of the Pyrenees. Domaine Castéra was purchased in 1895 by the Lihour family and was devoted to polyculture and cattle until 1995, when Christian Lihour focused on wine production. His son Franck took over in 2014, and he farms organically and biodynamically and has replanted some of the region’s mostly abandoned native varieties. The majority (90%) of Domaine Castéra’s vines are planted to petit manseng and gros manseng. Castera is in the northeast of the appellation, where the bedrock consists of poudingue de Jurançon, derived from the English word “pudding” (a reference to its resemblance to a fruit pudding).
“Memòria” is a blend of petit and gross manseng. The grapes are selected from a microparcel of vines that were coplanted in 1971 in the Caubeigt vineyard. All grapes are hand-harvested. Whole-bunch fruit is gently pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast. The wine is aged on the lees in a combination of variously sized oak barrels and concrete eggs. No fining, light filtration.
A demi-sec wine, “Memòria” has about 15g/l of residual sugar. “Memòria” initially hints at a soft sweetness, yet finishes in the style of a dry wine with a lengthy, taut finish, the round texture balanced by the wine’s acidity and minerality. The aromas and flavors range from apricot and peach to lemon and grapefruit, with a hint of spice. This can pair wonderfully with curries and pâtés, or spiced chicken, seafood, and veggie dishes.
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