94 Insider Points

90 Points- Wine Enthusiast 

REVIEWS

Even cork dorks like us were caught off guard by the excitement that the wine caused among our Members.  It ended up being one of the most popular wines we've brought in.  We have been eagerly awaiting the latest vintage of this wine. We aren't disappointed one bit!

This exotic blend of Gros Mansang, Petit Manseng the two being native varieties, shines through for its exotic, rich and satisfying nature.  The nose is chock full of orange blossoms, stones and ripe citrus, with some light almond notes underneath.  Crisp acidity starts your mouth watering as the plush mid-palate of sweet lemons, crushed stones and a broad fruitiness coat your mouth.  Very light and fresh, with great fruit characters, this wine is great alone or matched up with chicken, fish, fresh fruit and creamy cheeses.  Another hit from the Southwest of France! -WB 6/17

“This is a rich wine, blending the two Manseng grapes in an opulent way. It is full of spice and yellow fruits, along with hints of honey and pepper. This is a delicious full wine that will age for at least a year. Drink from 2018.”- Wine Enthusiast 

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    80% Gros Mansang, 20% Petit Manseng
  • APPELLATION
    Jurancon, France
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

This regal, cult white wine lures you in with an aromatic core, ensnares you with its Chablis-like acidity, and holds you captive with a backstory like none other. Domaine Nigri released this reserve version of our best-selling white wine for us to exclusively direct import into the States. Needless to say: we're quite thrilled.

Secret Sensation: Novel and undercover, our sourcing team discovered Domaine Nigri in 2010. Nestled in the sunny nooks against a backdrop of palm trees and the Pyrenees, Jurançon was the first wine in the world to obtain the AOC designation in the 14th century. Behind the terraces of Nigri’s Pau Chateau, Jean-Louis Lacost makes magic out of ancient grapes and sublime terroir as they have in the region for generations.

To the moon and back: Pierre de Lune, literally ‘moon rock’ in French, hints at the robust and bone dry delicious in this bottle. Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng grapes lend spice, fresh pear, and fresh flowers to this other-worldly wine. With a nose like Viognier and a plate like Chablis, we love every mouthful to the moon and back again.

Royal Taste: Legend has it that at his birth in 1153, Henri IV lips were rubbed with a clove of garlic dipped in Jurançon wine. The French thought his intensity and vitality came from this ceremonial taste of his home’s wine. But you don’t need to be French royalty to enjoy this bottle. From its ancient roots to the modern keepers of it’s fabulous legacy, Domaine Nigri is all the crown and scepter you need.

TASTING NOTES 

Deep gold. The nose shows an expressive bouquet of citrus, melon and mango layered over honeyed floral aromas. The palate is compelling and beguiles with its restrained exuberance, aromatic framework and freshness. An exotically-styled treat for sweet and sour foods.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Wines have been grown by the family on this 13 Ha property in the Jurancon since about 1685.
The Lacoste family ran the property for four generations. The vineyard is in biologic conversion with innovative growth practices (organic) respecting the environment, the human person and the vine’s health. The winery is organized meticulously. The winery is modern and very clean, with air-conditioned aging rooms.

The geological diversity of the soils, combined with the grape-varieties and painstaking work, give to the domaine’s wines originality and a highly complex aromatic expression. The grape-varieties are harvested separately and vinified parcel by parcel in order to express all the aromatic potentials and soil diversity. An aging on fine lies of 6 to 11 months helps to nurture the wine to acquire an extraordinary identity.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Peferct to serve alongside halibut and oysters.