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Petit Manseng

Petit Manseng is a white grape variety mainly found in South West of France, it is predominantly in Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. It is known for its distinctive aromas of honey, apricot aromas, refreshing acidity and rich texture.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Petit Manseng has thick skin, which results in a deep golden-yellow colour. It is known for its distinctive aromas of honey, apricot and citrus. On the palate, it has a good acidity and a rich texture, with flavours of white flowers and honey.

Fresh Petit Manseng grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Petit Manseng is grown in the South West of France, particularly in the Jurançon region. It is also grown in the Basque Country, in the Spanish region of Navarra, and in some parts of Italy. Petit Manseng is a late-ripening variety, and it is usually harvested in late October. The grapes are usually fermented in oak barrels to enhance complexity and aroma intensity. Because it has good acidity, Petit Manseng can be made into a dry or sweet wine. In the Jurançon region, Petit Manseng is usually made into a sweet wine, which is often fortified with brandy. In the Basque Country, it is often made into a dry white wine. In Navarra, it is usually made into a sparkling wine, while in Italy it is used to make dry and sweet wines. Petit Manseng pairs well with seafood, poultry, cheese, and desserts.

Foods to pair with Petit Manseng:

Aperitif
Asian food
Curry
Deep fried
Fish
Light meat
Pasta
Salad
Sausage
Fun Fact about Petit Manseng
Petit Manseng and its siblings Gros Manseng are often grown and made into wine together, with Petit Manseng contributing sweetness and body to the blending.

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