Petit Courbu (Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia)
The name "Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia" is the Basque name for Petit Courbu, and it translates to "little white Courbu." This grape variety is considered rare and is known for its low yields and susceptibility to diseases, which can make it challenging to cultivate.
Varietal Origin: Petit Courbu, also known as Hondarribi Zuri Zerratia, is a white grape variety that is native to the Basque region in France and Spain. It is primarily grown in the Pyrenees region of southwestern France, particularly in the appellations of Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, as well as in the Spanish region of Navarra and the Basque Country.
Typical Taste Profile: Petit Courbu is known for producing wines with a fresh, crisp, and aromatic profile. Wines made from Petit Courbu grapes often exhibit flavors of citrus, green apple, pear, and floral notes, with a characteristic mineral edge. The acidity in these wines is usually high, giving them a vibrant and refreshing character.
Regional Styles: Petit Courbu is primarily used in the production of white wines, often as a varietal wine or as a blending component. In the Jurançon appellation of southwestern France, Petit Courbu is used to produce both dry and sweet wines, including the famous Jurançon Moelleux, a luscious and sweet wine. In Navarra, Spain, Petit Courbu is often blended with other local grape varieties to produce fresh and aromatic white wines.