Chateau Laffitte-Teston 'Ericka' Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec 2017
70 % petit manseng ; 20 % gros manseng ; 10 % petit courbu. Purposely harvested a little late for dryness to get the aromas of the very ripe grapes, followed by very strict sorting in order to keep only the healthy and very beautiful bunches. Total destemming before 12-hour maceration then very slow pressing to respect the quality of the grapes. Fermentation and aging 80% in new barrels with stirring twice a week until bottling. (8 to 9 months of aging). Ripe Rhubarb, orange, floral, toasty oak notes. Rich and complex on the palate with ripe fruit and oak intermingling.
A 30 hectare family domaine where the wine was formerly sold in bulk, Jean-Marc Laffitte began estate bottling in 1975. The vineyards, in the commune of Maumusson, are on chalky clay soil. The average vine age is 40 years. Harvesting is done manually.
The appellation Madiran is situated among the northern foothills of the Pyrenées in the heart of Gascony. It is a pastoral area which is sparsely populated and often evokes references of “Old France”. The appellation takes it name from one of the 37 villages that comprise it. The AOC Madiran refers only to red wine production whereas white wine produced in the same area uses the AOC of Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean the climate is somewhat humid with moderate temperatures that benefit from the prevailing south winds that bring warm dry air in the summer and fall.