Spring at Domaine Tinou, Jurançon

Intoducing Domaine Tinou, Jurançon and Le Jonc Blanc, Bergerac!

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Serge Hondet, Domaine Tinou, Jurançon After reading about the great wines of Domaine Tinou, a 3 hectare estate in Jurançon that has been organic since 1964, we were determined to visit. 50 years of organic farming! We called proprietor Serge Hondet, who said he would be glad to see us, but of course he couldn't sell us any wine. Perfect! In January of 2014, after visits to Peybonhomme and Planquette in Bordeaux, we made the trek across to Pau and south into Jurançon. After some near-disasters on the short cuts recomended by Google, we arrived safely at Tinou and of course our tasting with the friendly and energetic Monsieur Hondet was fabulous. And not only the Jurançons, the Bearn rouge and rosé were marvelous as well - but still no wine to sell. "Maybe in a few years."  So this past January we returned, the day of a blizzard in New York, on a sunny sixty-degree morning with the snowy Pyrenees rising majestically just to the south. This time, after tasting all the fabulous wines we couldn't buy, Serge agreed to sell us some of the moelleux, both the beautiful 2014 Tradition and the sensational 2014 Cuvée Speciale Petit Manseng! Yes, there is a lot of good wine in Jurançon, but the chance to offer the gorgeous wines of Domaine Tinou has us very excited. Although not exactly a tradition in the US, these moelleux wines, at 60 and 70 grams residual sugar respectively, are beautifully balanced and exquisitely flavored - they are fantastic aperitifs and pair wonderfully with fois gras, terrines, patés, sheep cheeses, Asian foods and fruit desserts and are just plain delicious - we urge you to try them.

Serge Hondet of Domaine Tinou

Isabelle and Franck Pascal, Le Jonc Blanc, Bergerac Our recent visit to Le Jonc Blanc was a great pleasure - Isabelle and Franck are delightful, intelligent people whose committment to Biodynamic farming, natural winemaking and the preservation of their unique terroir is inspirational. (And their dog is hilarious.) Located on an unusual outcropping of two different limestones with very thin clay soils, giving tiny yields, the estate produces wines that transcend the appellation Bergerac. They are mostly bottled as Vin de France and show marvelous complexity of fruit and flavors of earth and stone. The reds here are bottled with zero added sulfur and the whites with minimal or zero SO2 as well. The first wines to arrive are the 2014 "les Sens du Fruit" red and white and the 2014 Bergerac "Classik."  While the wines are inexpensive, they are superb examples of natural winemaking that reinforce our admiration for those vignerons who have chosen to work with respect for nature and for the consumer as well. The two reds on offer, in particular, are among the finest, most affordable natural wines to be found anywhere!

Le Jonc Blanc vines in Spring
Le Jonc Blanc vines in Winter
Franck Pascal, Isabelle Carle and family at Jonc Blanc

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2014 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2014 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. 62 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
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Jonc Blanc 2014 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Rouge

We're proud to be working with Isabelle and Franck Pascal, who make beautiful natural wines on their small estate near Félines in Bergerac. The estate is situated on a unique rectangular hill of two different limestones with very thin clay soils - really a great terroir, enhanced by superb Biodynamic farming. The 2014 Sens du Fruit Rouge is an outstanding wine, produced with zero added sulfur, a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec. The color is dark black/red; the aromas are ripe blackberry and cassis with cocoa, earth, spice and violets. The palate is deep and cool with supple black fruits,  dark cocolate, earth and spice. The finish is long and earthy with prune, brown spice and firm acidity. Just delicious. Serve cool with charcuterie, grilled foods, stews, full-flavored cheeses. $12.99? Our thanks to Isabelle and Franck for their inspiring work.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2014 Bergerac Classik

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur. The color is a dark red/black; the wine shows vivid aromas of ripe cassis and boysenberry with earth, musk, brown spice, violet and graphite. The palate is lush, ripe and very complex with cassis, prune, chocolate, earth and spice lifted by cool acidity that continues in the long, citrusy finish. Wow, delicious! Serve with grilled pork or beef, a daube provencal, strong cheeses and charcuterie or cellar for 5 to 8 years.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur