Following the death of her journalist husband, at the age of sixty, Yvonne Hegoburu, manager of Château de Viaud (Lalande de Pomerol), decided to plant vines on 6 hectares of her property in the south west of France Domaine de Souch in Laroin. She opted for a number of the area`s traditional grape varieties- Petit Manseng (70%), Gros Manseng (20%) and Courbu (10%).
Yvonne planted her vines , on a site where vines had been planted from at least the 16th century. But in 1940 the vines were left to die, when the men went off to war, to Germany or into the Resistance. It was decided the slopes were too steep for even young women to cultivate.
The first harvest in 1990 was already very promising. Since 1994, the vineyard has been tented in line with the principles of biodynamic viticulture which exclude the use of any chemicals, pesticides or herbicides.
Yvonne appeared in the famous wine documentari MondoVino, where she is quoted as saying, ‘I planted vines when my husband died. Ever since then, all this love inside me, I give it to the vines. I talk to them. I have an exchange with them’.
A lovely wine made by a lovely woman- beautiful and intense!
|The Jurancon sec displays exotic fruit aromas, floral notes & great freshness on the nose. On the palate the electric minerality & the richness are extremely well balanced. It‟s an incredibly intense wine. It wants a bit of air before it‟s outstanding complexity of flavours are unleashed. I recommend decanting before drinking and swivelling while sipping. Then smile while drinking.