Producer wine
Château Lafitte

COUNTRY :
France

REGION :
Jurançon

PRODUCTION :

Antoine Arraou

Château Lafitte is located in Monein between Pau and Oloron Sainte-Marie within the Jurançon appellation. The castle can trace its origin back to the 14th century, but it wasn’t until the current owners, Philippe and Brigitte Arraou, began making wine here that the viticultural history was recaptured.

Today, their son Antoine is in charge and has taken the estate in a decidedly natural direction, including Demeter certification for all 5 hectares.
Here the holdings are all Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng on clay and limestone. A new winery was built in 2018 with an emphasis on self sufficiency (solar, gravity, rainwater) along with some new tools, like amphoras, and experimental approaches such as macerated whites, pet-nats, and zero-zero cuvées.
These are very classy natural wines that are both transparent and vibrant and stand out in sea of pretty uninteresting wines that surround them.

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CUVÉES
Wine

“Funambulle”

Region: Jurançon
Grape: Gros Manseng
Vineyard Size: 5 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 
Farming: biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts
Aging: méthode ancestrale
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Orange”

Region: Jurançon
Grape: Petit Manseng
Vineyard Size: 5 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 
Farming: biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 21 day maceration, spontaneous fermentation in amphora with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in amphora
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Argile”

Region: Jurançon
Grape: Petit Manseng
Vineyard Size: 5 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 
Farming: biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in amphora with indigenous yeasts
Aging: in amphora
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none