Domaine Franco-Chinois Petit Manseng

Domaine Franco-Chinois introduced Petit Manseng to China from France in 2001. Annually harvested between November and December, the late harvest results in a juice yield of 35% to 40%. This timing concentrates and enhances the grape’s flavor compounds and acidity.

The noble quality of this Petit Manseng can be attributed to this delayed harvest and its limited production. Its golden hue boasts citrus fruit fragrances and delicate white floral notes, accompanied by mineral undertones. The well-balanced flavor, characterized by its remarkable acidity, creates a refreshing and enduring finish.

Awards

2022

Best Sweet White Wine

Shanghai International Wine Challenge (Vintage 2017)
2022

GRAND GOLD

China Wine Summit (Vintage 2017)
2020

GOLD

Decanter World Wine Awards (Vintage 2015)
2020

Domestic White Wine of the Year

Robb Report's Best of the Best
2020

Top 100 Wine Discoveries

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (Vintage 2014)
2015

GOLD

Berliner Wine Trophy (Vintage 2012)
2014

GOLD

RVF China (Vintage 2011)

Tasting Notes

Vibrant, playful and exciting, this is a superb wine with an apricot, pear and peach skin nose, beautiful melon and tangerine flavours and a long finish. Bravo!
[ 96 / 100 pts, Vintage 2015 ]

Decanter World Wine Awards / Decanter 2019

Domaine Franco Chinois is China's pioneer in Petit Manseng. With its attractive deep gold appearance, the 2014 Petit Manseng shows pronounced dried grape, peach and apricot fruit with a floral touch and some lovely honeyed notes. Full-bodied, the marked residual sugar is counterposed with some lifting acidity characteristic of this variety, providing a framework for abundant dried fruits some honeyed, slightly nutty development. With its long length and well-integrated finish, the 2014 is drinking well now and will do so through 2022. A lovely expression!
[ 93 / 100 pts, Vintage 2014,by Edward Ragg, MW ]

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Vivid, deep golden-yellow colour. Extremely intense and piercing aromas of ripe papaya, mango, tropical fruit cocktails, honey, and sweet spices. Downright decadent in the mouth, boasting exceptional inner-mouth perfume and honeyed flavours of tropical fruit jellies, vanilla, and passionfruit nectar. So rich and thick it coats the mouth from start to finish, but despite it being so massive harmonious acidity leaves an impression of balance and grace behind on the long suave aftertaste. To be crystal-clear, this is a world class Petit Manseng wine: richer and bigger if perhaps less nuanced than the best of southwestern France, but make no mistake about it, this is very much in the same league. Very, very well done here, from the estate that showed everyone in China what a bright future petit Manseng and its wines could have in the country.
[ 95 / 100 pts, Vintage 2017 ]

Ian D’Agata

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