Côtes de Gascogne Rouge “Le Betoulin”
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Supple and ripe fruit sourced from Damien Barreau’s estate vineyard site.
- As with their Gascogne Blanc, this red blend comes from a plot of organically grown grapes.
Varietal Composition: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Elaboration: Fermented in stainless steel tanks. Aged in stainless steel tanks before bottling. The wine was frequently racked and returned, the temperature of wine making controlled and the maceration was moderated to reach that goal.
Tasting Notes: Just like their whites, Bétoulin in light and fruity. Floral aromas with dark fruits and spicy notes. Soft mouth feel with flavors of crushed red fruits and spice with freshness and elegant tannins.
Most wine growers in the region of Gascogne sell their grapes to the local coop. This is not the case with Domaine de Pajot – The father and son team of Damien and Clement Barreau are known in Gascogne as one of the regions quality leaders, and their 45 hectares of vineyard land are planted to seven grape varieties: Gros-Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir from their new vineyard. Parts of the Ugni Blanc and Colombard harvest are being distilled into Armagnac, some parcels of the Gros-Manseng go into the Domaines’ sweet wine, but their flagship dry white wine is blended from the four varieties. Farming is organic.