4 August 2011

Discover Producteurs Plaimont Wines.

DiscoverVin is pleased to bring new wines to the Australian market. Wines from one of the largest and best known producers in France, the Producteurs Plaimont. Rare wines from small, unique French appellations: Madiran, Saint-Mont and Pacherenc de Vic Bilh.

Producteurs Plaimont is a co-operative in the village of Saint-Mont in the Ardour Valley of south west France. Vineyards in the region date back to the Romans, through to the Middle Ages when monks were making wines for pilgrims on the route of the Santigago de Compestela.
In modern times the wine-producing heritage of this area has been reinvigorated under the leadership of the visionary (and beret-wearing) Andre Dubosc. Plaimont was founded in 1979 when he brought together a group of like-minded winegrowers, with a quality-focused approach.
Innovation together with respect for tradition has seen the cooperative; invest in modern winemaking techniques, lead a revival of ancient regional varieties, assist growers to improve viticultural practices, embrace sustainable and chemical free systems.
Improved grape quality has yielded vivacious wines showcasing the delicious flavours of the region.

Grape Varieties of Producteurs Plaimont

The Plaimont vineyards situated half way between the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Pyrenees in the south, benefit from cold nights and hot days. The conditions allow for slow ripening and favor the natural acidity of the local, indigenous varieties.
White: Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Courbu, Aurrifiac, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng.
Courbu is an aromatic, pale coloured grape. It perfumes a wine with delicate floral aromas combined with smells of well-ripened fruit.
Arrufiac has light fresh aromas and possesses a soft palate with finesse.
Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng are both pale yellow with a light nose. In the mouth, they give the wines structure, providing body and acid.
Red: Tannat, Pinenc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Tannat has a deep purple/red colour. It produces aromas of dark fruit and provides blends with backbone and structure.
Highly aromatic, Pinenc also provides backbone, suppleness and structure.

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