South-West of France
Domaine Didier Dagueneau - Jurançon - Les Jardins de Babylone - Blanc - 2009
Country / Region: South-West
Name: AOP Jurançon
Grape variety: 100% Petit Manseng
Alcohol: 11.5 vol.
Capacity: 50 cl
Estate rated 2 stars in the Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France 2023 RVF
Estate rated 4 stars in the Guide Bettane + Desseauve 2023
Wine:Born of a magical year, the 2009 white Jurançon Les Jardins de Babylone offers a perfect balance between sugar, freshness, and alcohol. A monument of petit manseng and delicacy, of great finesse and exceptional aromatic precision, with a singular spirit. It is ready to be enjoyed with Roquefort cheese, for example, and will age for another ten years or more, depending on your personal taste. Rated 96-97/100 RVF.
Vinification:Hand harvested, several successive sortings, it fermented in wood, cigar-shaped oak barrels for 11 months. The natural residual is 110 g/l of sugar.
Color:Golden, shiny and bright.
Nose:Pure and expressive through notes of pineapple, ripe mango and a touch of quince paste and with aeration even of white truffle.
Palate:With a balanced texture as much in acidity as in sweetness, this wine reveals exotic flavors through a tonic, fruity palate and reveals an infinite persistence. The whole makes you salivate!
Temperature:Serve between 12 and 14°C.
Food and wine pairing:Fresh exotic fruit pie (pineapple, mango), lemon meringue pie, citrus cake, vanilla crème brûlée, passion fruit charlotte.
Cellar aging:From now until 2029
An icon of the Loire Valley and Jurançon, Domaine Didier Dagueneau is an absolute reference for any wine lover. Exceptional flavors of fruit, freshness, and vertiginous persistence: the wines are simply unforgettable. Almost inaccessible to private individuals, reserved for the finest tables, the wines are sold privately, and only a few lucky people can get close to them.
The article in our magazine described this success in detail: the long maturation on lees remains the basis of an absolute quest for the crystalline expression of the grape variety, enhanced by a meticulous maturation in wood, in 320-liter (cigars) or 600-liter (tons) barrels. This is a complete masterpiece, and Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau, who has been at the helm for ten years, tactfully perpetuates the spirit of craftsmanship and excellence initiated by his father.
It is therefore a pleasure to offer here some of the most beautiful expressions of his terroirs of Sancerre and Jurançon (Jardins de Babylone), certainly among the most fascinating in the world!