'Vitatge Vielh' is made from Clos Lapeyre's oldest vines - planted in the 1940's. The yields here are low, but the quality is outstanding and translates to a complex white with a rich, oily texture. It is very forward and open, offerings layers of orchard fruit, soft herbs and toasted nuts.
Jean-Bernard is the third generation of the Larrieu family to run this estate. For many years the land was given over to mixed farming - livestock, fruit and grapes for the local wine-growers cooperative. In 1985 Jean-Bernard, recently graduated with a degree in viticulture and oenology, took over and re-planted all the vineyards. With Jean-Bernand tending his vines, vinifying his grapes, ageing, bottling and selling his wines, Clos Lapeyre was born.
Clos Lapeyre is situated in the Jurançon region of southwest France, between Pau and Biarritz, nestling on steep slopes facing the Pyrenees. The dual influence of the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean regulates the temperatures and encourages the gentle maturation of the grapes. JB aims to produce healthy, expressive wines that are the true reflection of the terroir.