Type: Red Wine
Country: France
Region: Gascony
Code: SAIN070
Meaning, “a step to the side”, this is the work of five different winegrowers in the town of Plaisance in the low Pyrenees. A blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinenc, Organic methods allow nature to shine. It ages for up to 12 months in oak and results in a wine that displays black fruit, sweet spice and mellow, meaty flavours.


Situated in the heart of South-West France, the Plaimont vineyards stretch from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the hills and valleys of Gascony covering a uniquely rich terroir. A thousand winegrowers defend the ideals of a cooperative and are committed to managing their vineyards with respect for both the environment and their own time-hoNoured traditions. With a combination of local grape varieties, knowledge and rigorous hard work, the members of Plaimont Wine Cooperative have succeeded in producing extremely high quality wines from the terroirs of Madiran, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Saint Mont and Côtes de Gascogne.
This blend reveals an expressive and frank nose. The palate is supple and persistent on the fruit and carried by smooth and round tannins.
Enjoy with grilled meats.
Each grape variety is harvested at phenolic maturity and vinified separately in accordance with the technical specifications governing the production of organic wine. Following a 48-hour period of pre-fermentation skin contact, extraction mainly takes place with the help gentle pump-overs in combination with punching down the cap and delestage (or ërack and returní). Temperatures are closely controlled throughout the alcoholic fermentation process, starting at 22°C and rising to 26°C by the end. Skin contact for the Tannat grape variety never exceeds 20 days while that of Cabernet Sauvignon is set at 20 days in order to preserve the roundness and balance of the tannins. Once the free-run wine is drained off and the press wine put aside, malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur naturally at any time, depending on the particular tank, between the months of November and March. When malolactic fermentation has taken place, the wine is blended and left to mature in oak barrels (the type of oak is chosen with a view to preserving the fruit and not altering the wineís character). During this 11-month period of barrel-maturation, three rackings take place. The separate lots are tasted again and finally blended.

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