Discovering Jurançon Wine - In France’s Hidden Corner
The other day while walking through the airport in Paris I was drawn into the wine section for a quick perusal - as you do. Needless to say all the wines were French and the selection of Champagnes immense as only it should be in France’s capitol. There was a huge selection of good wine from all over the country but one stood out among the others for me. Right next to the €100 Sauternes, in the sweet section, was a €40 bottle of Jurançon Doux.
Why it stood out for me was the fact that it was featured right next to one of the most renowned sweet white wines in the world, Sauternes. Other than knowing it existed I had little knowledge of Jurançon wine but more to the point I had no idea what gave it the right to be placed where it was.
I live just an hour away from Jurançon and use their wines in a tasting called Discover Southwest France, my most popular tasting. I thought it pretty hypocritical for someone serving their wines not to know much about them.
It was time for some re-education and a road trip!