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Lucq de Bearn, SW France - Jurancon Wine - A great French secret

This area is home to the Jurancon wine region and served by Pau Pyrenees airport from which there are direct flights to Paris, Lyons, Belgium, Holland and the UK. There are two main regional centres Monein and Jurancon (from which the wine takes its name), along the villages of Lucq de Bearn, Gan, Cardesse and Lahourade. The varieties grown here will probably be unfamiliar to most wine lovers - they are the gros manseng and the petit manseng. These vines are grown over the hillsides facing the Pyrenees mountains and are picked late compared with many other southern French regions. Historically this appellation was reputably this first to gain its status in France and was used in the blessing of the baby King Henri IV as he was put in his cradle, a large turtle shell, now is on display in the chateau of Pau.

The wine is available both as sec (dry) or doux (sweet). The sec is a fruity, well balanced dry wine. The sweet, the more famous, can be made from either just the gros manseng (least expensive), a mixture of both the gros and petit manseng or as pure petit manseng (the most expensive). Prices vary from a very reasonable 5 euros to about 150 euros for the best vintage, from best vineyards, with many wines available less than 10euros a bottle. The doux is wonderful with foie gras. Often drunk by the French as an aperitif and by other nationalities as a dessert wine.

There are about 30 domains in the entire area many of which are open to the public either throughout the year or on special occasions. The domain in Lucq de Bearn, Domaine Larroude, has been in the same family ownership for many years and boasts in small tasting centre open daily which also offers the neighbouring farms duck products for sale as well as their excellent and well priced wines.

So, if you fancy a short break or week away wine tasting, why not find a bargain flight and come, see and taste what this area has to offer, because the wine is just one thing amongst the spectacular scenery, historic towns and villages, elegant boulevards of Pau itself, the amazing local foods and you can be sure of a very friendly welcome from the local Bearnaise people.

Written by Gillian Pye - Owner of Property 94840 in Lucq de Bearn, France

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                                                                                                      This apartment is very well situated near to the Chateau and the restaurant area but it is still very quiet. It is excellently equipped and well furnished. We even hosted a dinner party for local friends. Only downside is car parking but it is manageable. The host, Andre Bert, is very good and helpful.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017

                                                                                                      Perfect gite at the entrance to a magnificent valley

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                                                                                                      This was just what we were looking for - a small gite in a lovely old house situated in a good farming village with lots of local life, including cows with bells coming to be milked. The accommodation had lovely old, broad floor boards and had been appropriately equipped with all the practicalities we needed. The outlook was charming from the entrance balcony looking out across village gardens. Mirella and Christian were very thoughtful and engaged hosts and told us lots about the locality as well as providing very good walking information. Not to mention local sheep's cheese and honey in the village. The Ossau valley has easy car access and is wonderfully varied, from the lower hills to the very tops. Can't recommend it too highly if you want rural quiet with easy access to glorious countryside from a homely base.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017