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Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

Appellation for white wine in the region Southwest France that are identical to the appellation Madiran (Red wine) is. In the past, white wine and red wine were produced under the AOC Vic-Bilh. The gas cognitive dialect name is derived from the "Piquets-en-rangs" (piles in rows) form of education, in which the vines are raised on high piles. The local hills are called "Vic-Bilh" (Vieux Pays = Old Land). The name means "stakes in a row from the Vic Bilh hills". The vineyards cover 300 hectares of vineyards in the departments of Gers (3 municipalities), Pyrénées-Atlantiques (28) and Hautes-Pyrénées (6). There is an oceanic climate with hot summers, dry sunny autumns and relatively mild winters.

The deep yellow, long-lasting white wine with aromas of candied fruit and honey is made from the autochthonous capitals Courbu Blanc. Petit Courbu. Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng (60% at the most, max. 80% for each variety), as well as Ruffiat ( Arrufiac ) and max. 10% Sauvignon Blanc blended. Two thirds of it is produced moelleux (semi-sweet to sweet) and one third of sec (dry) (strictly speaking, the AOC name Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh sec applies to the dry version). Well-known producers are Château d'Aydie, Château Barrejat, Château Laffitte-Teston, Domaine Berthoumieu, Château Montus (Brumont), Domaine Capmartin, Domaine Damiens, Domaine de Diusse, Domaine du Crampilh, Domaine Frédéric Laplace, Domaine Sergent and Domaine Tailleurguet.

The “Plaimont Producteurs” community monitors parcels with old vines under the name “Conservatoire ampélographique” - including in the Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh areas. See under the community Sarragachies (Gers department), where there is a very special vineyard.

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