In a nutshell: A great fresh and ripe citrusy white from the Jurançon in South West France.
The lowdown: Domaine Cauhape are based in the heart of the Jurançon famed for producing distinctive tangy whites, as well as sweet wines, for centuries and while Cauhape have only been around since the 1980s they are firmly regarded as one of the best producers in the region. Their 'L'Éclipse' cuveé is a blend of local variety Gros Manseng and the incredibly rare Lauzet grape of which there are only a few vineyards in existence and though only labelled a Vin de France it takes nothing away of the complexity and quality of this wine. Pronounced aromas of ripe citrus, white stone fruits and spice lead onto a crisp and refreshing palate with a real depth of concentration to the lemon citrus, stone and tropical fruit flavours, all with a slightly spicy, tangy edge.
When to drink: The wine will open up and develop over a few hours to the following day. Perfect as an aperitif or with tapas, works well with sushi, shellfish and lightly spiced Asian cuisine.