In 1985 Jean-Bernard Larrieu took the family domaine from traditional mixed farming to pure viticulture. Known affectionately as ‘Jésus’ to the locals, he has established Clos Lapeyre as one of the leaders in the Jurançon. Like most Jurançon producers he makes a range of sweet and dry white wines from native grapes (Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Courbu, Camaralet). But his focus on quality is unique and unrelenting. The dry wines in particular can be uncompromising in their youth, with an excitingly racy profile. They all age beautifully.
The estate lies 10 kilometers outside Pau, in the shadow of Pyrenees, at an altitude of 300-400 meters. The soil is a kaleidoscope of loams and pebbly clays and limestone with silex over Jurancon puddingstone. Jean-Bernard farms all 18 hectares organically, eight of which are on very steep slopes. His aim is to make wines that express the myriad variations of terroir: natural, expressive and sincere.
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