Didier Dagueneau Jardins de Babylone Moelleux 2017 (Jurançon, France)

Didier Dagueneau Jardins de Babylone Moelleux 2017
(Jurançon, France)


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About the Winery:
Born in the Nievre, where Burgundy meets the Loire Valley, Didier Dagueneau was the fourth generation in a family of winegrowers. Influenced by wine legend Henri Jayer of Burgundy, his grandfather Louis Dagueneau, Andre Chabanne of Pouilly-sur-Loire, enologist Denis Dubourdieux of Bordeaux, and Professor Renaud of the Pasteur Institut in Paris, Didier quickly found his own style. By fusing modern winemaking with ultra-traditional methods of vineyard management, he was able to realize the ultimate expression of terroir and technique. Today the estate is run by fifth generation Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau, who took over following the untimely passing of his father Didier in 2008.

About the Wine:
Upon visiting Jurançon at the foot of the Pyrenees south of Pau, just outside the village of Aubertin, Didier Dagueneau found a few hectares located in a natural amphitheatre facing a spectacular panorama of mountains. He was reminded of the story of The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and thus Dagueneau's Jardins de Babylone label was born. Louis-Benjamin Dagueneau took over his father's work and produces this mind-expanding Jurançon Moëlleux first created by the late Didier Dagueneau. Didier's passion for dessert wines was profound and the Babylone bottling comes from a uniquely situated Petit Manseng vineyard in the southwest of France where the nuances of the mineral-driven soils balance the delicate sweetness of this wine.

Grape:
Petit Manseng

Viticulture

Natural ampitheatre of vines at the foot of the Pyrenees near the village of Aubertin. The ampitheatre and panoramic view of the mountains reminded Dagueneau of the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Les Jardins de Babylone in French.

Farmed biodynamically. Didier asked his machinist friend to integrate a few small, lightweight tractors to work in the terraced vineyard, and he installed his lifetime friend and associate Guy as the vineyard manager.

Vinification:
Barrel fermented

Ratings & Reviews


92 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous (2013 Vintage):
"Greenish yellow. Captivating bouquet of lime zest, quince, spicecake and honeysuckle. Nicely concentrated and sharply focused, with bracing citrus and spice flavors combining on the middle palate. This strikingly deep, pure wine finishes with strong mineral vibrancy and superb lift and persistence." - Joel B. Payne (Sep 2014)