The 19th edition of the auction « Les Pacherenc d’Or », scheduled to take place on Monday 16th November 2020 at the Château de Crouseilles, was held in a revised format. Fifteen barrels, four of which were dry wine, were presented and sold to trade professionals in direct sales.
Direct sales: a good alternative
This year, it is through direct remote sales that professionals were able to acquire the exceptional lots of these Pacherenc d’Or 2020 vintages. Despite the current context, the award proved a good opportunity for Plaimont and Crouseilles to showcase the 2019 vintage and the work of their winegrowers. Indeed, each barrel is the signature of a particular winegrower who has invested his style, vision and experience into it to illustrate the full potential of sweet and dry wines of the Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh appellation.
Anne and Fabrice Latapi, winners of Les Pacherenc d’Or 2020
This year, Anne and Fabrice Latapi were awarded first prize for their barrel. Their name will be included in the winners’ list as the 19th winners. A great achievement for their first participation with a Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh barrel. Produced from the “Mingolle” plot located in the village of Madiran, their Pacherenc is characterised by a beautiful colour with sparkling golden hues and a silky, tangy palate with hints of exotic fruit. Paired with food, it will excel alongside a shortbread crust tart with onion, fresh goat’s cheese and crunchy vegetables. At the end of the meal, the wine will also pair nicely with a verbena, poached pear crème brûlée. The prize-winning barrel was sold in its entirety to an American importer in Florida who fell in love with it. A trans-atlantic highlight for this fine white wine appellation.
Anne and Fabrice Latapi
« My terroir and my village mean everything to me. Elected Mayor of Madiran several months ago, I am delighted to be given the opportunity of defending the very best our area has to offer! Via this barrel, I am proud to tell the story of our cool spring and the temperate summer nights which bestowed vivacity and energy on this wine; followed by a very hot Indian summer which concentrated the aromas to deliver an exceptional liqueur. I am convinced that we live in one of the most beautiful regions of France … and I am certain that my barrel has its place this year amongst the finest dessert wines in the world. » Fabrice Latapi
A collaboration focused on the future
For 4 years, Plaimont and Crouseilles have been associated with the Lycée des Métiers de l’hôtellerie et du Tourisme d’Occitanie in Toulouse. The students in the “sommellerie” specialisation write the tasting notes and suggest gastronomic and original food and wine pairings for these fine wines.
Profit from Les Pacherenc d’Or: dedicated to promoting the local heritage
The Pacherenc d’Or commission has decided to donate the proceeds of last year’s winning barrel (Véronique and Didier Terrade) to two projects run by local organisations: the Foyer Rural de Viella and Le Moulin de Sabathier. These two organisations work to promote and preserve the heritage of the Vic-Bilh area.