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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  • Stinson Vineyards Petit Manseng 2011


    Softly sweet late harvest wine with rich honeyed tangerine notes on both the nose and palate. A really nice springtime dessert option. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Does the fruit from that Bedrock come from Old Hill, Will Bucklin's ... ... ... This was in large part Petit Manseng and it started off really flat, but then it opened up and really reminded me of Falanghina, with that kind of sneaky weight and the slightly bitter finish, like bitter almond maybe?  Wife liked it quite a bit, too, but I think ... Read More

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  • Domaine Poujo Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine for eight pounds when I visited the 2014 London ... ... This bottle is 20% petit manseng and 80% gros manseng. I started my bottle last night with my supper of baked mackerel and I enjoyed it. It is a dry wine with some fruit [think melons and pears ] but it is quite mineral although very smooth and easy-drinkin Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Grace Estate Winery le Gras Cuve 2010


    Inoffensive, but nothing special. Strong floral notes and sweet citrus from Petit Manseng. May have been lightly oaked, given the round mouthfeel. Do not think it would stand up well to food. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Early Mountain Vineyards White Vine 2011


    Barely off-dry floral bliss (0.3% RS). White pear and apricot with a subtly balanced acidity and a super-smooth finish make for a perfect spring sipper. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Sunset Hills Vineyards Estate Club Select Petit Manseng 2011


    An interesting combination of bright acidity and nutty toastiness. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Gadino Cellars Rosé Blend Rappahannock County Moonrise NV


    A very cool wine! 52% Nebbiolo rose, 31% Cab Franc and 17% Petit Manseng -- the red, white and rose all living in harmony. Drinks like an Italian rosato thanks to the structure from the Nebbiolo and Cab Franc, but the Petit Manseng keeps it light and aromatic at the same time. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Early Mountain Vineyards Petit Manseng 2011


    100% Petit Manseng -- a rising darling of Virginia. While often sweet, this particular wine is dry with a very high acidity and lots of strong citrus notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • First Colony Winery Zephyr 2010


    A 2010 Petit Manseng and Vidal Blanc blend from Virginia. Yellow straw in color. Fruit hints of peach and nectarines with a hint of orange blossoms. It has a mid-finish on the palette and balanced acidity. Best served chilled to 50 degrees, and served with a cold crab salad. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Herri Mina Irouleguy Blanc 2010


    Drinking really salty. Then got Too Boots buffalo chicken pizza and it came to life. Read More

    Wine review by Kayceesal

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