Everybody has a little guilty food pleasure
. Something that just makes you feel better even though you know it’s not really that good for you. Well, mine isn’t strictly a food guilty pleasure, more of a wine one. Domaine de Souch Moelleux 2008
is a sweet wine from the south of France
and is currently one of our best sellers
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Domaine de Souch Moelleux 2008
Yvonne and Rene Hegoburu
built their home in an idyllic spot on the top of a hill at the foot of the Pyrenees about 6km from the town of Pau. They enjoyed many happy years here and often dreamed of building a vineyard. Rene died before he could see their dream to fruition but in 1987, at the age of 60, Yvonne developed Domaine de Souch
in his memory.
Yvonne began implementing biodynamic practices
at Domaine de Souch in 1994 and has maintained them ever since. She believes it produces fruit of a higher quality and flavour
and therefore the best wine possible
. The Jurançon
was one of the first demarcated regions in France
(1936) and Yvonne creates wines in a very traditional style in order to uphold the characteristics of the terroir
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Domaine de Souch Moelleux is made from a blend of white grapes typical of the Jurançon region, Gros Manseng
and Petit Manseng
. The grapes are left to be affected by Botrytis Cinerea
, a fungus, also known as noble rot
, that makes the grape’s skin porous allowing the water to evaporate. This leaves behind a sugar-rich juice and therefore a sweet, luscious wine.
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Domaine de Souch Moelleux is delightfully sweet yet sharp
at the same time. Sweet wine still needs acidity to balance the palate
, otherwise it becomes cloying and too sticky. There is depth from ripe pineapple and melon fruit and also from the development of the wine in the bottle. The few years of age really make a difference to the weight of the wine and brings all the flavours and textures together to create a rich, complex mouthful. The zing from notes of lime marmalade and a twang of fresh acidity rounds off the palate and helps to lift the finish.
It’s hard to say what the best food match for Domaine de Souch Moelleux would be as it has so many layers and works with many different dishes, not just dessert, it really is down to your personal taste. You could enjoy it throughout a meal as this style of sweet wine pairs well to Foie-Gras, or other rich paté, blue cheese (you get the contrast of sweet and salty, think how the Italians drizzle honey over Gorgonzola), or light fruit based puddings such as peach melba or pear and frangipani tart.
You can see why this versatile wine is my (not so) guilty pleasure and I hope you try it for yourself. It is available online at ThePerfectCellar.com
or pop into The Clerkenwell Collection
to see it along with the rest of our selection of wines. Check back soon as I’ll be suggesting a dessert recipe for the wine to match to.
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