SHOWCASE OF A GEM FROM THE PIEDMONT PYRENEES IN A CONTEXT OF SOLIDARITY
The Pacherenc d’Or, an unmissable auction of the AOC Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, took place at Château de Crouseilles on Monday 18 November 2019. This prestigious event brought together around a hundred wine merchants, hospitality professionals and buyers, who came from all over the world to (re)discover this unique Appellation. In the context of Plaimont and Crouseilles’ ongoing support of initiatives focused on preserving and restoring the terroir’s heritage, this edition of the auction is donating profits to the winemakers affected by the terrible weather in Autumn 2018.
15 EXCLUSIVE CREATIONS
Each barrel is the reflection of a winemaker’s style, vision and experience. This year, fifteen barrels illustrated the potential of the Appellation : three barrels of dry Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and 12 barrels of Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh were tasted by professionals before the auction.
AUCTION RESULTS :
1ST PRIZE: Véronique and Didier Terrade, winemakers from Maumusson Laguian, take first prize with their barrel, for the first time. This piece of land is located in the North of the appellation, on the pretty hills of Maumusson. The Petit Manseng grapes, planted nearly 50 years ago, benefit from strong roots, which moderate their vigor. This allows for a 3 step selection of the ripest grapes on the vines, resulting in a well balanced wine.
2ND PRIZE: Sylvie, Thierry and Benoit Aubert Duthen, a family of winemakers from the Aydie village, win 2nd place. Their cuvée appeals with its slightly acidic palate and notes of exotic fruit, nicely balanced by an elegant acidity.
3RD PRIZE: Éric Labat’s effort achieves 3rd place. The Petit Manseng grapes are grown on a beautiful little vineyard before the village of Aurions-Idernes. The broad beans planted between the rows of vines contribute to the vivacity and elegance of this cuvée.
PROFIT FROM THE AUCTION
This year the highest price achieved by a barrel at the auction will be donated to a project highlighting the heritage of the Vic-Bilh region. To be considered, projects have to involve the renovation, rehabilitation or development of sites located in the winemaking communes of the Pacherenc Appellation. Sustainability, accessibility to the public and impact on the environment are also key points to include.
A COLLABORATION FOCUSING ON THE FUTURE
In the context of a long term partnership, Plaimont and Crouseilles are collaborating with the Lycée des métiers de l’hôtellerie et du tourisme d’Occitanie de Toulouse for the Pacherenc d’Or. For the last 3 years, the students in sommelier training have had the privilege of participating in the event by writing the tasting notes and food pairings of the wines.
IN 2019 LES BARRIQUES D’OR BECOMES LES PACHERENC D’OR
Since the creation of Les Barriques d’Or in 2002, the objective is to showcase the originality and excellence of the white wine Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, as well as give free reign to the expression of the winemakers’ style through the signature wines they have produced.
It is in this context that Plaimont and Crouseilles have renamed this event Les Pacherenc d’Or to restore glory to this Piedmont Pyrenee gem, born from ancestral know-how.