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Domaine Labranche Laffont, Pacherenc Du Vic-Bilh Sec 2019
France / White

Domaine Labranche Laffont, Pacherenc Du Vic-Bilh Sec 2019

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

Christine Dupuy took over her family’s six-hectare (15-acre) wine estate, Domaine Labranche Laffont, in 1992 when her father died unexpectedly. She was 23 at the time and the estate had been in her family since before the French Revolution. By chance she had just finished her degree in enology, but she had little practical experience. So she went to neighboring Château d’Aydie, Domaine Capmartin, and Domaine La Chapelle Lenclos, all of whom were among the most prestigious domains in the appellation at the time. During that first year they helped this precocious young vigneronne get off on the right foot.

Madiran’s answer to Jurançon’s whites. But Madiran is further down off the Pyrenees than Jurançon (and Irouléguy), and Madiran’s Pacherenc wines tend to have more weight. This comes from a 5-acre parcel and is raised on its lees in older barrels. It’s a shockingly fresh and vibrant wine with quite a compelling nose. 

Country
France
Sub-Region
Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec
Region
Southwest
Varieties
Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng
Farming
Organic
Soil
Clay, limestone
Winemaking
Raised on its lees in older barrels for five months. Unfiltered and light fining.