Domaine Cauhape, regarded as one of the very best producers in the Jurancon appellation, was established when owner Henri Remonteau planted his first vines in 1970. Jurancon is in the south west of France, and is known for its world class medium and sweet wines.
The L'Eclipse is their dry wine, made as a unique blend of Gros Manseng and the unique Lauzet, a grape variety which has almost become extinct, there are only a few rows of vines left. Cauhape's vines are mainly in the foothills of the Pyrennees, at about 400m above sea level. This allows the fruit to ripen slowly in the sun, and then rest and retain acidity in the cool evenings.
This is an explosive wine, buzzing with peach and ripe citrus flavours, sweet grapefruit notes abound. This sustainably farmed wine would be great with a thai meal, matching well with the fragrant food, as it copes well with the heat. We know, as we tried both last night!
It's an affordable, interesting wine from one of France's elite winemakers.