The Tannat grape has notes of blackcurrant, red fruit, earth and minerality.
The subtlety and extreme complexity of Tannat is achieved by vinification in large oak casks and barrels for 24 to 36 months after harvest.
We also make 100% Tannat wine.
The Cabernet Franc grape embellishes the unique flavour of Domaine Pichard’s red wines.
Hand-picked and maturing on the southern facing slopes, the Cabernet Franc grapes develop a remarkable and elegant flavour.
The Cabernet Franc brings freshness and elegance, with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and eucalyptus.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The vineyard’s red wines are best served with duck, poultry, pork, game, wild boar, venison, red meat and fish.
Tannat and cabernet franc
The vineyard’s red wines – Madiran Appellation d’origine contrôlée – are produced from two grapes: Tannat and Cabernet Franc. Tannat is the emblematic grape of Madiran. This is one of the few places in the world where Tannat is grown and which distinguishes in particular the vineyard’s red wines from the clarets of Bordeaux.
Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng
The estate’s white wines – Pacherenc du Vic Bilh – are produced from two grapes: Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng grapes. The white grapes are grown in the coolest areas of the vineyard. The proportion of acidity, minerality, low sugar content and notes of exotic fruits makes for a range of dry and sweet white wines which are both subtle and well-balanced.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The minerality and freshness of the dry white Pacherenc is a perfect match as an aperitif or to accompany a plate of cured ham, a seafood platter or oysters and shellfish. The sweeter Pacherenc du Vic Bilh is a must traditionally with foie gras, desserts and either blue cheese or goats’ cheese.
We age wine for you
The vineyard produces a Madiran Prestige and Madiran Heritage each year and a Bouchy.
PRESTIGE 2008 CUVÉE AIME
This vintage shows Madiran’s attributes to its best: a powerful wine with notes of dark dried fruits. Offering a complete and approachable character, this vintage combines presence and a chiselled freshness of flavour which makes for a complete, round and long finish when tasted.
PRESTIGE 2010 CUVÉE AIME
A wonderfully modern vintage, which combines all the attributes conferred by the exceptional site and terroir of the vineyard. A special wine endowed by great definition, depth and a multi-layered presence. A complex and more feminine wine with floral notes.
PRESTIGE 2012 CUVÉE AIME
A dark and powerful vintage with a nose of blackcurrant and spicy woodland strawberries, luxurious tannin, well balanced and a true Madiran.
Wine for life
A vintage perfumed with notes of ripe plums, tea leaves and forest floor adding opulence and freshness adding to a rich and restrained structure which will develop further and very nicely over the next ten to fifteen years.
A delicious and refreshing vintage which can be drunk now or laid down for years to come. Excellent with red meat, game, poultry or as an aperitif. Its lighter body will work wonders with your summer barbecues.
A classic vintage, expressing freshly sectioned roots on opening, supported by blackcurrant and cigar box notes. The wine on the palate is delicate, elegant and long. Complex, aromatic with an almost unctuous texture.
This vintage has a bright ruby hue and hints of wild berries. The palate offers finesse and precision supported by a balanced acidity. A wine of great freshness with a vibrant and velvety touch.