At the heart of the French Southwest, the AOP Madiran lies within three administrative départements: Hautes Pyrénées (65), Gers (32) and Pyrénées Atlantiques (64), combining with that of Pacherenc du Vic Bilh.
A mosaic of terroirs
Today, the vineyard extends over 58 hectares, from which we make about a dozen cuvees every year.
The vines grow throughout the appellation’s confines; owing to the wide variety of soils and terroirs, the Tannat grape can achieve its full expression.
The ocean climate and nearby Pyrenees mean winter and spring are both temperate and wet, with a warm summer and a very sunny autumn.
These climatic conditions together with the widely diverse terroirs allow us to develop wines with characteristics richly typical of the region.
Soils of rounded pebbles: Terroir Moncaup
these soils on the upper slopes are warm, filtering and well-drained, rounding the wine.
Pebbled soil: Aydie and Madiran
Gravel and quartz sand with clay make for well-drained soil, optimal for grape maturation.
Clayish-calcareous soils: Saint Lanne and Quartier de la Tyre
Clays are the fundamental structure of these soils, along with a touch of limestone. Opulent and complex wines are the result.
deep acid soil comprised of sand and clay, known locally as boulbène, in Grepp: Aydie’s lower slopes
On the lower slopes, these rich soils do not stress the vines very much Fruity and supple wines are the result, appreciated as Vin de Pays.
The vineyard consists of 49 hectares in the Madiran AOP.
Tannat is a typically Gascon grape variety, and key to the Madiran replanting. Rich in tannins, it gives the wine its famous anti-oxidizing against cardio-vascular disease.
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Fer Servadou are other grape varieties.
AOP Pacherenc du Vic Bilh
9 hectares Made from local grape varieties (Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Arrufiac and Petit Courbu), this dry or sweet white wine has an extremely rich range of aromas.