The Vent Balaguèr (pronounced“Ben Balaguey”) is the name given in occitan
to the hot southern wind arriving from Spain, which lies beyond the Pyrenees. Vent Balaguèr is the result of us lending a helping hand to Nature as the raisined Petit Manseng grapes are harvested and then put in wooden
trays (those we used 15 years ago for our strawberries) to continue the drying process.These are left outside in sunny weather and brought into the cellar in wet and damp weather. The grapes slowly change colour from a golden yellow to a rusty brown ; their flavour changes too, with notes of apricot,dried orange peel and medlar fruit appearing. We estimate we need 4 to 5 kilos of grapes to produce one litre of must, compared to the
1.7 kg needed usually.
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100% Petit Manseng
Slowly pressed and left to settle, the musts are then put in barrels aged1 to 5 years old where they ferment for about 2 weeks
One to two years in barrels.
“A nose rich in aromas with good freshness and notes of gingerbread, jellied fruits, honey, spices, very ripe fresh apricot and candied orange peel. Rich and sweet on the palate , with good density, depth and a superb lemony acidity with a long stretch of a finish. A top class wine. 19/20.” La Revue du Vin de France, 2009.
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As a dessert in its own right, or with a few dried fruits, with dark chocolate 80% cocoa, or with ripe blue cheeses.