Petit Manseng

This white wine-producing grape is being grown on small acreages in Virginia, notably by Chrysallis Vineyards. The vine originates in the Jurancon region of southwestern France, where it is highly regarded. Wines made from this variety in the Jurancon are typically of exceptionally high quality and can be very aromatic. Aromas of the wines are suggestive of cinnamon, peaches and pineapple. The best and most famous wines from the region are the Jurancon Moelleux. These are sweet wines, which are made from the small thick grapes that have been left on the vine well into November in order to concentrate natural sugars. This coupled with the grapes' natural high acidity, creates the ideal combination for great dessert wine production. The vine's loose clusters, and the high pergola training it receives in the Jurancon, limits Petit Manseng's susceptibility to rot. This is ideal for production in the humid conditions of Virginia. Unfortunately, the vine also requires an extended growing season. Only areas where Read more »

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... varieties. Cabernet Franc, Petit Manseng, Vidal Blanc, Nebbiolo, Viognier, and Petit Verdot are thriving in vineyards across the state. Grapes like Petit Verdot that are relegated to minor blending status in more notable regions are playing major roles in the Vi... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California

  • This is not your first Thanksgiving rodeo. It's not ours, either. We've ... ... SmithTraveling Wine ChickPetit MansengPinot Noir. Riesling. Gamay. Cabernet Franc. Champagne and sparkling wine. Each have been staples at our annual Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family for years.  Wines made Petit Manseng, a small, thick-skinned grape most ... Read More

    From the article The Ultimate Thanksgiving Wine List

  • I was strolling down the wine aisle last week when my eyes settled on a label. ... ... du Vic-Bilh sweeties are Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, the local varieties that respond admirably to the clay limestone soils. The grapes are left on the vines past the normal harvest date and into the autumn when the warm dry days and the drying winds wor... Read More

    From the article Wines You Can't Pronounce Are Hidden Gems

  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... has taking quite a liking to Petit Manseng - the grape of Jurancon!  That makes sense as the climate between Shenandoah and southwestern France are pretty similar.And thanks for the welcome Jonderry and Vino!  To answer your question Vino, the main difference betwee... Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • August is here -- along with warm, steamy weather for most of the country. For ... of Vermentino, Viognier and Petit Manseng. Yellow melon aromas are tinged by bits of thyme. Lemon zest, hazelnut and peach are present on the succulent palate. Sour yellow fruits, spice notes and a hint of tangerine rind emerge on the crisp, clean finish. Masott... Read More

    From the article Value Wines for Summer

  • Domaine Poujo Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2013


    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the London France ... ... 60% gros manseng and 40% petit manseng harvested late to make it sweet.. I started my bottle last night with my supper of salad and cheese and I did enjoy it.It is certainly sweet almost like syrup or honey and there is a melon,peach and apricot style fruit ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Séduction de la Beaugravière Jurançon 2006


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    Wine review by Poupee

  • "...but, on the other hand, the fact of the matter is that the demand for Petit Manseng wine has to be darned close to zero." Which would make it a perfect Hipster wine. You may be on to something there EMark Read More

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  • I do recall, OT.  That was the first time I'd ever heard of that grape ... ... is that the demand for Petit Manseng wine has to be darned close to zero.  I have to believe that most farmers are interested in an economic return. If I know I can sell all the Chardonnay grapes that I can pick, even if it's to Bronco or K-J, why would I mess with ... Read More

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  • Pearmund Cellars 2013 Petit Manseng is exceptional. This wine exhibits lovely aromatics and a great pineapple/grapefruit combo on the palate, The wine is 100% Petit Manseng grown in Virginia. A lovely wine and it is worth the trip to Warrenton to buy a bottle,

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