Pajot Cotes de Gascogne Quatre Cepages
Domaine de Pajot is situated on the hills overlooking Eauze, the small town that is the capital of Armagnac, a region in Gascogne famous for its "eau-de vie". Though grape-growing is the domaine's focus, proprietor Damien Barreau also grows hazelnut trees on the estate (thus the hazelnut logo/graphic on the label).
The domaine is certified organic and their vines benefit from excellent soil, sun exposure, and altitude. They have eighty acres of vines that grow on gently rolling hillsides composed of sand and fine silt soils. There they grow the white grapes of Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Gros Manseng and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. All harvests are done by hand. The domaine does not use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Instead they may use a combination of organic or mineral products, or algae or fern slurry.
Quatre Cépages -- A dry white wine from the Côtes de Gascogne made from the four main regional varieties: Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Sauvignon, and Gros-Manseng. All four grapes are complementary and balance each other well. This balance of different grapes enables the vines to grow in stages, making them more resistant to climatic conditions and diseases. As well, the domaine's work in the vineyard is easier to organize and more efficient. During wine harvest, grape gathering is gradual too, so it gives them time to carry out the vinification process in good conditions. But above all these varieties grow perfectly in this area and each one of them lets off a specific aroma quite nice to blend. The proportions vary according to the vintage.
35% Sauvignon, 35% Colombard, 20% Ugni-Blanc, 10% Gros-Manseng