An outstanding virtuoso wine, Maestria is the perfect expression of the Pyrenean terroir. Harvested after a rigorous selection of the grape bunches and fermented with consummate skill, it is available today in two cuvées from the two appellations of Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh.
Maestria, the red wine from the Madiran appellation
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A blend of three grape varieties
This cuvée is produced from the earliest-ripening areas of the Madiran appellation. The clay subsoil is heated by the pebbles and fine gravel, which help express the natural sweetness of this wine.
The three grape varieties used in this cuvée, namely Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are harvested when ripe and fermented separately.
After 48-hour pre-fermentation maceration, extraction is completed through pigeage (punching down the cap) to limit the wine’s tannic power. Alcoholic fermentation is then moderated to around 24-25°C to favour the expression of the fruit. Next comes natural malolactic fermentation and maceration, before the wine is pre-blended and partly aged in concrete vats and the other part in oak barrels.
The deep, crimson colour of this cuvée presages the wine’s freshness. An elegant and open nose, with aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry. The full-bodied palate is marked by black fruit and peppery notes, leading into a rich and delicious aromatic expression. A very attractive and velvety Madiran with a spicy aftertaste.
Maestria can be enjoyed as an aperitif, or with juicy red meats and aged cheeses.
Maestria, the white wine from the Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh appellation
The finest plots selected from the village of Viella are located on steep, east to south-easterly slopes, where they receive the first rays of morning light. The significant inclination of these plots ensures perfect drainage of the clay soils. These play a key role in water regulation, which is essential for the optimum expression of wines from November harvests, for the Petit et Gros Manseng grape varieties.
The nobly raisined grapes are harvested in the cool mornings of November, before being taken to the cellar in openwork crates. During winemaking, alcoholic fermentation begins at 20°C partially in barrel and is then stopped through cold treatment when the balance between sugar and acidity is at its best. All of this aims to favour the wine’s aromatic expression and ensure it is easy to drink.
Maestria displays an intense and complex nose, with notes of ripe pineapple and candied citrus fruit characteristic of this delicious cuvée. Well-balanced and refreshing on the palate, this wine goes on to reveal an endless finish reminiscent of candied lemon peel.
A truly delicious treat, this cuvée can be enjoyed alone or at the start of a festive meal.