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Camaralet de Lasseube

camaralet-lasseube

Name and etymology:
It is necessary to split the name of this vine in two: Camaralet is the diminutive of the Occitan word “Camarau” meaning “long leg”; this undoubtedly means that this vine was cultivated in hautain before.  Lasseube is the name of a village in the Béarn close to Jurançon.  Lasseube comes from the latin “sylva” meaning “forest”.

Synonyms:
It is also called Camaralet or Petit Camarau.

Colour:    White

Geographical origin:
Lasseube is found in the Bearn Piedmont of the Pyrennees.

Filiations:
No frank filiation is yet recognized.

Appellations using it and / or major areas of production abroad:
The area planted with Camaralet is very small.  Only a few winemakers, keen on preserving the heritage and convinced that the complexity of a wine comes from the blending of vines cultivate this vine plan.

Production potential:
Camaralet de Lasseube is a very vigorous vine but paradoxically very little productive.  The originality of this vine is to only have female flowers.  Indeed, the majority of vines have male and female flowers able to self-reproduce even during a wet spring.  It is not the case for Camaralet. Fertilization is only made here by pollination with other vines geographically close.  This explains the low yields of this vine and its abandonment at the profit of “easier” vines.

Best examples / Oenological potential
It is virtually impossible to taste today pure Camaralet de Lasseube.  However, it seems that Camaralet gives wines rich in alcohol with an important volume in the mouth.
It is today only used blended with Mansengs, Courbu or even Lauzet.

 

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