Restoration of indigenous grape varieties, emblematic cuvées of the southwest, exceptional wine tourism heritage are all reasons that make Plaimont a wine destination of choice in Occitania.
Men and the earth
Plaimont is above all the name of an alliance between winegrowers intimately linked to their wine-growing regions of the South-West. That of Saint Mont in the first place, whose vineyards crossed by the Adour and dominated by its famous monastery alone form a protected designation of origin. But also the neighboring lands of Madiran, from Pacherenc-de-Vic-Bilh and Cotes de Gascony, from which are born the other wines which make the reputation of Plaimont. If Saint-Mont is the beating heart of the collective of winegrowers, it is above all the passion for their land and the heritage beauty of the site that seals their union. Because if there is a terroir where the identity of the South-West is deployed with amplitude, it is on the one that the cooperative federates that we will find it.
The wines of Plaimont
The notoriety of the wines of Plaimont no more to do. The range is particularly demonstrative of all the typicities of the South-West when it comes close to the lands of the Landes and Jurançon. The convergence of four appellations on this terroir gives substance to all the profiles of still wines that Occitanie knows how to produce: reds and rosés, dry whites, mellow or syrupy, ring at the door of the presents. Ultimate, the vineyards of Plaimont conceal and restore endemic grape varieties that time could have wiped out. It is so with Manseng Black, member of the Tannat family which is also the grape variety of Madiran. In the vineyards, it rubs shoulders with Pinenc, a black grape with floral accents, also very old and typical of the Pyrenean foothills. The singularity of Plaimont extends even further when we learn that the miracle of the sandy soils has saved the prephylloxic vines of Sarragachies on the terroir. From these is extracted the exceptional eponymous cuvée Prephylloxera vines of which each vintage does not have more than 1500 bottles.
Plaimont, its appellation wines and their grape varieties, by Justine Lesage
Guided tours of the vineyard
At the confluence of the Gers, Landes and Hautes-Pyrénées, the terroir of Plaimont has an great value forwine tourism in Occitania. The rich heritage is immediately obvious on the site of Saint Mont, dominated by the monastery formerly occupied by wine-grower monks. Apart from the architectural interest, it now houses a renowned restaurant where some of the most demonstrative wines are tasted. One of the incomparable riches of the vineyard is also the Sarragachies vine whose exceptional conservation motivated its classification atinventory of Historical Monuments. Combining built and vegetal heritage, overlapping several typical appellations of the South-West, Plaimont is a destination of choice for wine tourism in Occitania. Nowhere else does the coexistence of châteaux, grape varieties and singular terroirs meet with such consistency. A large program is thus offered with Guided Tours of the Vineyard. Apart from exploring the listed heritage, they also offer an immersion in the vineyard itself. Meetings with the winegrowers, visit of the pre-phylloxera vines, tasting or blending workshops, discovery of the grape harvest, are all opportunities on the program.