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Fabien Jouves Skin-Contact 2019

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Cahors, South West France
Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Muscat
Organic & Biodynamic
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites

A relatively new cuvée for Jouves, a producer more principally associated with new-school expressions of Malbec. This is his first white wine with a maceration, taking the ripe, tropical style of Jurançon and sliding it into orange wine territory. The Manseng lends the wonderfully exotic fruit notes of quince and even pineapple, whilst its thick skins when macerated in this style add some good grippy tannins. The Muscat adds its unmistakable floral lift, and oily, pithy citrus. As with all Fabien's wines, it is excellently executed - clean, measured and with great balance. I suppose what we are trying to say is that this isn't one of the more extreme examples of orange wine that tend to scare people off a bit; it would be an ideal route in for anyone looking to try the style for the first time. And for those who seek out the style it would certainly be enjoyed by fans of the white macerations of French growers like L'Alezan and Jean-Marc Dreyer