2015 Petit Manseng (500 ML)

Production Notes

The 2015 Tablas Creek Vineyard Petit Manseng is Tablas Creek’s sixth bottling of this traditional grape from southwest France.  Petit Manseng is best known from the appellation of Jurancon, where it has made admired but not widely disseminated sweet wines for centuries.  Petit Manseng achieves sufficient concentration and sugar content -- and maintains its acids sufficiently -- to make naturally sweet, balanced wines without botrytis.  This character was so valued that Petit Manseng is noted as the only wine to have been 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.  Over time, we have come to the conclusion that Petit Manseng is best used for off-dry wines: wines with residual sugar but less than our sweet Vin de Paille wines, with the grape's notably bright acids providing balance.

Our Petit Manseng grapes were grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.

The 2015 vintage saw dramatically reduced yields from the combined effects of four years of drought and cool, unsettled weather during May's flowering. Months alternated between significantly cooler than normal and significantly warmer than normal, which produced an early start to harvest but required multiple passes through most vineyard blocks during a long, drawn-out picking season.  Yields were down as much as 50% in early-ripening grapes like Viognier, while later grapes like Roussanne were only down slightly.  The result was a vintage with excellent concentration but unusually good acids, and wines with dramatic perfume, texture, and intensity.

Our Petit Manseng was harvested on September 25th at 28° Brix and a pH of 3.28. We fermented it in barrel, and stopped its fermentation when it had about 82.4 grams/liter of sugar left and sat at an alcohol of 13.3%.  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 July, 2016.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Petit Manseng is bright and mineral on the nose, with aromas of key lime, lychee, chalk, and tarragon. On the palate, sweet but with bracing acidity too: flavors of candied grapefruit, nectarine, and spun sugar, with a citrus pith bite cleaning up the long, appealingly sweet-tangy finish. We expect it to age beautifully.

Food Pairings

  • Foie gras
  • Salty cheeses
  • Fruit desserts
  • Spicy Thai and Indian curries
$50.00

Blend

  • 100% Petit Manseng

Technical Notes

  • 13.3% Alcohol by Volume
  • 40 500ml Cases Produced

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2007 Horizontal Tasting

February 11th, 2016
At this horizontal tasting (horizontal referring to tasting several wines from a single estate made in a single year, as opposed to vertical, which would imply a tasting of the same wine across several vintages) you can join us as we look back at 2007 with the perspective of ten years’ time. The cost is $45 for wine club members and $60 for guests and non-members. This event is sure to fill up early. To reserve, email events@tablascreek.com or call 805.237.1231 x36.


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