Domaine de Pellehaut

Ten Minutes with the Béraut brothers of the Domaine de Pellehaut winery.

Domaine de Pellahaut Winery

Domaine de Pellehaut is located in the Gers region of South West France, not far from the Pyrenees mountains. This is Wine, Armagnac and Foie Gras country and has the enviable quality of being one of the sunniest places in France. For nearly four centuries the château at Pellehaut has been owned by the Béraut family, and today the winery is run by brothers Martin and Mathieu Béraut. They prefer to use organic methods where possible, using homemade fertilisers and as few pesticides as possible.

The Pellehaut range includes our exclusive Rude Reserve White which is a handcrafted blend of Colombard and Chardonnay, with a smattering of Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng and Ugni Blanc - fresh and bright, with aromatic citrus notes and a mouth-watering, juicy palate.

Domaine de Pellehaut Chardonnay is light and refreshing. Ageing on lees adds a touch of richness and creamy fruit to the bright, stone fruit flavours, with a soft streak of acidity on the finish.

L’Escoubasso is Gascon dialect for a conclusion or job well done, and also refers to the celebratory meal held at the end of the grape harvest. Pellehaut pick their last parcels of Petit Manseng in late October, turning them in to a delectable, sweet, light wine with fresh acidity, honeyed tropical fruit and lovely rich texture, thanks to barrel fermenting and ageing on the lees.

Finally the Family Reserve Rosé Syrah Tannat is a blend of Syrah and Tannat. The nose bursts with heady notes of wild strawberry and redcurrant, while the palate is crisp and dry but with full, ripe red fruit flavours and creamy palate. One to savour with shellfish, lightly spiced dishes or ice cold on a beach...


We asked the Béraut brothers to give us the low-down on Domaine de Pellehaut...

What is it like to live in your region?

The Gers region is a rural area where most activity is agricultural. Its also an excellent tourist destination with many attractions including history, stunning landscapes, gastronomy and real hospitality. Small country lanes, narrow valleys, grape vines and culture all add up to make a perfectly peaceful landscape. For anyone who visits the Gers region, as well as for anyone who loves there all year round, true happiness can be found out in the fields!


Tell us three things that are special about Domaine de Pellehaut.

1. It is family-run. Situated in the Ténarèze, Domain de Pellehaut is a family business that is run by two brothers, Martin and Matthieu Béraut. The Béraut family has been based in Montréal for nearly 400 years.

2. It is run in both a traditional and a modern way. The estate combines growing grapes for Armagnac and wine, with growing cereals and rearing cows. This combination of activities helps to maintain the environmental balance which is a fundamental aspect of the estate.

3. It is run in a very sustainable way. The Domaine was given an environmental award in 2015 which recognises the way vines have been grown and wines have been made here for many years with the utmost respect for the environment.

Have you seen your wines in any famous locations around the world?

Our wines are sold around the world in more than 25 different countries. You can find them in the four corners of the globe, from Korea to Mexico.

Can you give us any insiders’ secrets to visiting the wine region as a tourist?

A visit to the region can be tailored according to the visitor’s personal taste. You can visit as a pure foodie, as a cultural festival-goer or stay with a local winemaker on a homestay.

Can you give us a good food match to any of your wines?

Rude Reserve Blanc: This is great with fish and seafood and is perfect for drinking with oysters.

Pellehaut Chardonnay: This will go nicely with fish and oysters but also goes well with a roast chicken. Top tip : try it with goats cheese for a taste sensation.

L’Escoubasso: This is best with foie gras, one of the flagship gastonomic products of our region.

Reserve Rosé: great as as aperitif, with asian food and is especially good with paëlla!


 


 

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