- The leading producer of dry Petit Manseng, and specialists in passerillage for award-winning sweet wines.
Cabidos is based in Béarn, just outside the Jurançon appellation area, and produces leading IGP wines mainly from the local Petit Manseng grape variety. With a distinguished history dating back to the 13th Century, when Navarre was a kingdom as powerful as the kingdom of France, the 9-hectare estate flourishes today under the family ownership of Robert and Peggy Alday. Maître de Chai and Chef de Culture Madame Méo Sakorn-Sériès is responsible for the vineyards and chai, and is the only Thailandese lady winemaker in France (if not the world).
The sweet Petit Manseng (les doux) are made thanks to the ancient method of passerillage, which consists of dehydrating the grape by leaving on the vine long into the autumn and sometimes into December. The result is sumptuous. The wines show powerful quince and tropical fruit aromas. Balanced with fresh acidity and controlled levels of alcohol, this makes this sweet wine an ideal dessert wine. The jewel in the Cabidos crown is the cuvée “OR”, only produced in tiny quantities in exceptional years.
The estate’s Petit Manseng sec (dry) is a rare and original wine. The Petit Manseng grape is powerful and aromatic but difficult to master. In addition its low yields and labour-intensive demands deter all but the most intrepid. Consequently there are very few estates producing a 100% Petit Manseng sec, and none with the perfectionism of Cabidos. This wine wins many gold medals and accolades, including an incredible four consecutive “Coup de Coeur” awards(the editor’s top choice) from the top French wine guide Hachette.
The estates other wines are varietals from Syrah, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The same perfectionism and attention to detail produces wines of great character, complexity and length.