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Half bottle. Organic. Fennel seeds and stewed fruit entry followed by fresh rounded fruits and rich, warm finish
Producer note: Clos Lapeyre
Clos Lapeyre is a 12 ha domain owned by the Larrieu family, in Jurançon, Southwest France. The first vintage here was 1985, and the vines occupy a priveliged position on steep slopes at an altitude of 250 m. Jean-Bernard Larrieu makes the wines, and his aim is produce wines that express the specificity of the grape varities and the soils (pebbly clay/limestone and silex). Jean-Bernard is introducing organic viticulture here: he avoids herbicides, works the soil to encourage deep rooting, and uses natural composts. The attention to detail and terroir-focused approach shows in the wines, which are wonderfully original. These are wines bursting with character.
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Triple gold-medal winner 2012: Gold IWC, Trophy DWWA, Gold IWSC
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Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2007
Member of the Top Merchants Programme
Merchant of the Year
Regional Merchant of the Year
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Ian Jarman is an Associate of the Institute of Wines & Spirits