Charles Hours

  • Located at the base of the Pyrenees Mountains, Jurançon is a hidden gem of an appellation in southwest France.
  • Winemaker Charles Hours quietly crafts his wines here, wearing his signature smile and beret while working in the vineyards.
  • He makes two wines, one a Jurançon Sec called Cuvée Marie that employs local grape Gros Manseng to its best expressive, floral, minerally effect.
  • Charles’ sweet wine, the Clos Uruolat, is made from Petit Manseng that is partially dried on the vine and picked in several passes.
  • These wines celebrate the unique history of Jurançon.

Like generations of growers before him, Charles Hours takes great pride in the rich history and quality wines of Jurançon, a hilly, relatively cool region in southwest France, at the base of the Pyrénées Mountains. Charles is friendly and kind, often found wearing his signature smile and beret while working in the vineyards. For his dry Jurançon Sec, called Cuvée Marie, he uses Gros Manseng. The wine is very expressive, floral and mineral, with great weight on the mid-palate. For his sweet, late-harvest Jurançon, Clos Uroulat, Charles takes several passes through the vineyard, hand-selecting grapes. The small, thick-skinned Petit Manseng are picked after they are partially dried on the vine, and the result is an extremely elegant wine.

Martine’s Wines is the exclusive U.S. importer for Charles Hours.

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