The 2014 Tablas Creek Vineyard Petit Manseng is Tablas Creek’s fifth bottling of this traditional grape from southwest France. Petit Manseng is best known from appellation of Jurancon, where it has made admired but not widely disseminated sweet wines for centuries. Petit Manseng achieves sufficient concentration and sugar content to make naturally sweet wines without botrytis. This character was so valued that Petit Manseng is noted as the only wine used to baptize a king of France: Henry IV, the founder of the Bourbon dynasty, in his native Navarre.
We imported Petit Manseng in 2003 in the hopes of making a naturally sweet wine. The vines were released to us in 2006, and our first small vineyard block was planted in 2007. Our Petit Manseng grapes were grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.
The 2014 vintage was the result of three years of drought and our earliest-ever beginning to the growing season. The summer was warm but without serious heat spikes, and our coolest August in a decade slowed ripening at a critical period. When it warmed back up in September, the fruit tumbled in, and we finished in mid-October, about two weeks earlier than normal. The result was a vintage with excellent concentration balanced by good freshness, which should be vibrant and powerful young, and should age beautifully.
Our Petit Manseng was harvested on October 1st at 26° Brix and a pH of 3.01. We fermented it in barrel, and stopped its fermentation when it had about 33 grams/liter of sugar left and sat at an alcohol of 14.7%. The high acidity makes it taste much drier than the sugar reading would suggest. The wine was aged on its lees in barrel and bottled in June, 2015.
The 2014 Petit Manseng is a pretty green-gold color. The nose has tropical, spicy and herbal notes, with pineapple, tarragon, crystallized ginger and peppered citrus. On the palate it is lightly sweet but also quite tangy, with rich texture and flavors of dried mandarin, honey, and peppery spice. The wine finishes clean and dry with a lingering flavor of lemon zest. We expect it to age gracefully.
July 2nd - 9th, 2017
We’re excited to be returning to the Mediterranean in the summer of 2017 to host a Rhone River cruise aboard the wonderful Uniworld ship S.S. Catherine. Partner Jason Haas, with his wife Meghan, and Executive Winemaker Neil Collins, with his wife Marci, will host this 8-day cruise from Avignon to Lyon. For all the details, and to book, visit our travel partners' Web site at foodandwinetrails.com/tablascreek2017 or call Food & Wine Trails at (800) 367-5348. We hope that you will join us!
In Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Sept. 2016) 28 Tablas wines topped 90 points, including 2014 Esprit Blanc (93), 2013 Panoplie (95), 2014 Patelin de Tablas (91) and 2014 En Gobelet (93). Read the review » More press »
May 09, 2017
Last week, Francois Perrin joined me, my dad, Neil, Chelsea, Craig, Brad and Jordan around the blending table as we took our first comprehensive look at the reds from 2016. Coming into the blending, we'd only looked in detail at the whites, which were super. But reds often tell a different story. I'm happy to report that this year, they look as strong as the whites. And, for the first time in 7 years, we got to make a new wine. See if you can spot it: Read More »