A blend of Merlot, Tannat, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Pinot Noir grown in Côtes de Gascogne. The fruit is macerated in tank for around ten days, then run off with the cap gently pressed. The final cuvée is aged partially in oak barrels with regular racking. Impressive color depth with purple tints and an expressive nose of toasted, spicy notes and black fruits (blackberry jam). On the palate, the attack is unctuous, and fleshy leading through to a smooth and remarkably well-balanced wine with ripe tannins and notes of butter and toast on the finish. Outstanding French red wine value!
One of the largest vineyard owners in Côtes de Gascogne, the Béraut family has 450 acres under vine in a variety of soils: mixtures of clay and limestone, as well as sand interspersed with small limestone pieces. Domaine de Pellehaut’s vines are perched atop rolling hills, with the estate’s lower lands reserved for other crops and used for grazing: the family’s blonde d’Aquitaine cattle provide the manure that nourishes the vineyards.
Winemaker Mathieu Béraut studied at Saint-Julien’s Château Beychevelle, Armagnac’s Château de Tariquet, and served as Jim Clendenen’s right-hand man for a vintage at ABC. 20 years ago, Mathieu’s family was selling nearly all its wine in bulk, proud to command high prices but aware the finished wines lacked the estate’s unique identity. After graduating and then working at serious wine estates, Mathieu wanted to put his experiences, time and passion to better use than anonymously producing wine vat after wine vat for unknown clients. So Mathieu embarked on a long and aggressive program of experimentation using the profusion of grape types on the property: Colombard, Ugni Blanc and Folle Blanche (notable distillation grapes), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gros and Petit Manseng, Tannat and Merlot. Fine-tuning the most exciting blends over two decades, Mathieu has made a great success of his “Harmonie” bottlings and a very special Chardonnay.
- Red Blend
- Southwest France
- Côtes de Gascogne