By Paul Caputo

The wines of Jurançon have long held cult status amongst wine lovers but in recent years their popularity has grown enormously. A new generation of consumers have found a lot to like in the unpretentious outlook of producers here.

Many of the small vineyards are terraced steeply, their limestone soils suffused with pebbles descended from the Pyrénées. These soils are partially responsible for the potent mineral nature of the wines. That mineral character is evident even in the sweet wines known as Jurançon doux, though it is more obvious in the dry wines of Jurançon with the suffix “sec.”