10 Apr Has it only been 2 months?
Wow, we have been so busy it does seem like more than 2 months that we have been trading. We do appreciate all of our customers, especially those who have already purchased for a second time. We have been pleasantly surprised at the number of people who have, for example, bought a mixed half dozen and then called to buy a straight dozen or dozens of their favorites.
Special mention to 1. GiGis of Beechworth who put our Domaine Lagrezette on their specials board and have had to reorder due to a postive response and 2. Beaux Bar in Sydney Rd Brunswick. Open for one day Beaux Bar wanted our wine as THE dessert wine on their list- the Pacherenc du Vic Bilh from Domaine du Crampilh. Made from manseng grapes, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh is the name given to white wines from the Madiran region. They are late harvest wines, often with the grapes picked in October or November. Congratulations to James and the team for having the vision to give this one a go. Big name and big taste- apricots, tropical fruit/mangos, honey, spice, not too sweet and a perfect match with dessert (or goes perfectly well with cheese/pates). And a bargain! In fact as a result we decided that we should make it the wine of the month.
Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Moelleux-Cuvée Celeste
Domaine du Crampilh
Pacherenc-du Vic Bilh are the white wines of the Madiran region. We are not so sure on the pronunciation but we are sure this is an incredible late harvest wine! Luscious and complex with a honeyed and harmonious finish. Where has it been hiding?
Region/Terroir: Pacherenc du Vic–Bilh (sub-region of Madiran). The wines of this region date back to roman times but were made famous by pilgrims passing through the region. Winemakers of the region can draw on centuries of cumulated experience to ensure optimal viticulture practices. Modern techniques have brought out the best from this wine.
Grapes: Like the wines of Jurançon these are made from petit manseng and gros manseng.
Wine making techniques: The wines are not botrytised, in fact it is said that the thick skin of the manseng grapes protects against rot. A long dry autumn allows the wines to dry on the vine and concentrate flavours. The grapes are harvested by hand in November. As a consequence small volumes of concentrated juice is produced. Fermentation takes place in new oak barrels with batonage occuring for 10 months.
Our tasting notes: On the nose there are tropical fruit aromas. The palate is well balanced with fresh tropical fruit flavours and honeyed tones. A great structure gives balance, freshness and length with a lovely not too sweet finish.
This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with rich foods such as pate, cheese and it is perfect with fruit desserts.
We are not alone at loving this wine. It has consistently been rated in the Guide Hachette.
By purchasing this wine you confirm that you are over 18 and accept the terms and conditions of sale.
and here are some recent photos of the winery and the madiran region. oo, la la!
South-West v Laguedoc
We have noticed some confusion about the wines of the south-west and the wines of the Languedoc. The Languedoc is in the south-EAST of France along the mediterannean coast, and is a warmer climate. The wines we sell are from the Boredeaux region in the south-WEST of France. The south-west region consists of a diverse number of terroirs/sub-regions (Bordeaux, Madiran, Bergerac, Jurançon, Cahors etc) but all have in common the more cool-climate Atlantic influence.
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Feel like a weekend of culture, wine and food in the North-East? The travelling Alliance Française Film Festival is coming to Albury-Wodonga, the last weekend of May. The Friday night opening session includes nibbles and wines from DiscoverVin. Tickets available now from the Regent Cinema Centre in Albury and may sell out due to limited capacity. Hopefully see you there!