Petit Manseng (Izkiriota Txikia)
Petit Manseng is known for its ability to retain high acidity even when fully ripe, which makes it well-suited for the production of sweet wines. The grapes are typically left on the vine until they reach a high level of ripeness and concentration, and the resulting wines can have a long aging potential, developing complex flavors and aromas over time.
Varietal Origin: Petit Manseng, also known as Izkiriota Txikia in the Basque region of Spain, is a white grape variety that is native to the Pyrenees region of southwestern France and Spain. It is primarily grown in the appellations of Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh in southwestern France, as well as in the Basque Country of Spain.
Typical Taste Profile: Petit Manseng is known for producing wines with a rich, complex, and aromatic profile. Wines made from Petit Manseng grapes are often full-bodied with high acidity, providing a good balance of sweetness and freshness. The flavors in Petit Manseng wines can range from ripe tropical fruits, such as pineapple and mango, to honey, apricot, and floral notes.
Regional Styles: Petit Manseng is primarily used in the production of sweet wines, particularly in the appellations of Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh in southwestern France. These wines are often labeled as "moelleux" or "liquoreux" and are known for their luscious sweetness and vibrant acidity. In the Basque Country of Spain, Petit Manseng is also used to produce a variety of styles, including dry, off-dry, and sweet wines.