In the fine silt and sand soils of Armagnac’s hills, Domaine de Pajot grows the grapes used to make its medal winning “Les Quatre Cépage.” A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, and Gros Manseng, it delivers a pleasant rush of citrus and melon carried atop a vibrant beam of ripe acidity. The domaine is 100% certified organic and has been family owned for three generations. This clean, refreshing effort is a natural for goat cheeses, and would make an excellent companion for seafood of all types. Delicious as an aperitif, and great with picnic fare!
Here are a few comments from the winery: “By the end of summer, some time before grape harvest, we select the grapes in the different areas of our vineyard : part of Colombard and Ugni-Blanc varieties will be destined to the distillation of Armagnac. The rest will be mixed with Gros-Manseng and Sauvignon in order to become our dry white wine of Quatre Cépages.”
“In our region of Gascogne, the four varieties of grapes are Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Sauvignon, and Gros-Manseng. They are different and complementary; we call them our Musketeers! Why four varieties ? Indeed this association enables vines to grow in stages, making them more resistant to climatic conditions and diseases; besides our work in the vineyard is easier to organize and more efficient. During the wine harvest, grape gathering is gradual too, so it gives us 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 adds a specific aroma quite nice to blend. So we have blended them to make our “Quatre Cépages”. The proportions for the combination vary according to the vintage as we want to obtain the aromatic elements of boxwood, ripe citrus and exotic fruit along with a fine refreshing sensation to the palate.”
$9.99 per bottle or $101.90/case ($8.49)