Petit Manseng is a white grape variety of Pyrenean origin. It has been established in the Béarn region of southwest France since the 16th century.
Its small berries have a hard, well-ventilated skin which allows Petit Manseng to resist grey rot. On the other hand, this variety is very sensitive to noble rot. This noble rot concentrates the aromas and makes it possible to elaborate remarkable sweet wines with flavors of exotic fruits, grapefruit, honey, gingerbread… Rich in alcohol and acidity, these wines are very well balanced and very fine.
Petit Manseng also produces fruity dry white wines. Thus, it is notably used in the AOC Béarn, Jurançon, Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh, Tursan…
Food and Wine PAiring : Very appreciated in summer, dry whites from these grape varieties are ideal companions for aperitifs and mixed salads with citrus fruits. Sweet wines call for sweet and savory flavors such as duck with orange or lacquered meat. They are also delicious with fruit desserts.