Many of us have had bad experiences with sickly sweet, uninteresting dessert wines, so it matters especially that we get our dessert selection right. We never had any doubts about this one. In fact, it may well be the wine to convert you sceptics.
This wine is full of fabulous flavours without any of the weight that defines so many dessert wines. Think of fresh, juicy exotic fruit, but with a nutty, honeyed background that won’t get overwhelmed by powerful flavours.
For a truly indulgent treat, have a glass with rich chocolate pudding and let everything else simply melt away.
Petit Manseng is a lively, fresh variety, so the secret to this bright sweet wine from the south west of France is leaving it on the vine into winter.
Strong winds from the Pyrenees rattle through the vineyards, drying out the grapes and concentrating sugar, acid and flavour. By the time of the last harvest, often in December, the shrivelled grapes are abuzz with flavour. Careful pressing and slow ageing make sure that every drop contributes and every particle of flavour makes it into the bottle.
Grape varieties: Petit Manseng
Winemaking method: Organic