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Domaine de Pellehaut Harmonie De Gascogne 2016 £11.45
DOMAINE DE PELLEHAUT HARMONIE DE GASCOGNE
Situated on the slopes surrounding Château de Pellehaut, at an elevation of over 180m, the vineyard is set in an ideal terroir with maximum exposure to the sun.Protected by the Pyrenees, the Gers region also has the advantage of relatively low rainfall in summer.
"Pellehaut" gets its name from the Roman or mediaeval word pila (meaning any kind of solid, pillar-like construction).The presence two kilometres away of mosaics decorated with vines at the Gallo-Roman site of Séviac bears witness to the fact that vines were already grown at Pellehaut in Roman times.
The vines grow on the tops of the low, rounded hills, while the lower slopes are reserved for the cattle and cereal farming. The combination of the dung from the Blondes d’Aquitaine cows and grape pomace makes prime compost for the vines. These two complementary activities mean that we are able to maintain the organic matter present in the vineyard’s soils while limiting the use of artificial fertiliser. This is typical of the spirit in which the Pellehaut estate is farmed – respect for ancestral methods and natural balance combined with scientific precision and a constant concern for quality and innovation.
The vineyard forms the heart of this traditional farming business run by Martin and Mathieu Béraut.The two brothers have conserved the balance of crops introduced by their father, Gaston, 50 years ago – an example of Gascon-style polyculture, a mix of vines, beef livestock and cereal crops.
All year round the team at Pellehaut (twenty permanent employees) work hard to produce and bottle wines and armagnacs. The secret to winemaking lies first and foremost in the vineyard.Winemakers are not magicians: they can only produce quality wines with quality grapes. And so we do our utmost in the vineyard to ensure that the grapes attain optimum ripeness.
This means continuous and detailed monitoring of the vines and in particular, strict control:
Managed grass cover in the vines and the use of compost-based organic fertiliser adjusted on the basis of soil and vegetation analyses to suit the needs of each parcel.
Regular counting, the support of a computerised meteorological station and recording of all the vineyard operations to restrict the number of treatments.
Ripeness monitoring for each variety parcel by parcel from mid-August for the early varieties (Chardonnay, Sauvignon) to late October for the late varieties (Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng).Grape sampling, tasting and analysis of the juice in our laboratory (total acidity, potential degree, etc.) to harvest each parcel at optimum ripeness.
This produces a wine that has a bright cherry colour, this wine offers a fragrant bouquet of blackcurrant and blackberry raised by some notes "pepper and cocoa" to boost the whole. A full and supple mouth accompanies these fruits throughout the tasting. A young, light and fruity red wine that adapts to any kitchen.
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