Domaine Capmartin, Pimpant, IGP Côtes de Gascogne, France, 2021
Under the skilled and insightful guidance of Simon Capmartin, his Madiran and Pacherenc de Vic-Bil Domaine has kicked this most traditional of appellations into a new, more progressive age.
Changes to both the management of his vines and the winery have led to a range of wines which showcase the quality of the appellations whilst brilliantly offering a unique and refreshingly modern twist. Certified organic for the best part of a decade, Simon now has his sights firmly set on biodynamic certification. Natural, low-intervention winemaking is the very essence of his approach. Vinification with no added sulphur, all wild ferments, plus lighter extraction of tannins makes his Madiran Tannat a step apart from the region’s more usual impenetrable blockbusters. With the white wines, unique blends under AOC Pacherenc de Vic-Bilh, using the rare and cherished Petit Corbu variety, is wonderfully complex, whilst IGT Lou Piaf enlivens the palate with electric sharp acidity … certainly a winemaker to watch with interest.
The upper soils are clay- gravel in nature and sit on a bed of red clay. Vines are orientated East and North. Plants are sewn under the rows to avoid soil compaction as well as nutrient contribution, alternated by tillage or natural grassing every other row if necessary. Pruning is simple guyot, and some leaves are removed to improve the light under the canopy.
After destemming, the grapes are allowed to go through the process of carbonic maceration, with a natural fermentation using only native yeasts. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation as well as 6 months of ageing is carried out in stainless steel tank. This natural process of winemaking results in a wine low in sulphites by the time it is bottled.
No oak ageing
This cuvée, unfiltered, unfined and without added sulphite, is as natural as they come and can present a slight deposit in the bottle. Light, fresh with mouthwatering juicy red fruits.
Roasted, grilled or smoked meat dishes like; duck, beef, veal, sausage, and chicken dishes.
Wine Anorak 91 Points
60% Tannat and 40% Syrah. No added sulfites. One third is semi-carbonic (destemmed berries), one third is kept in press until fermentation begins and then pressed, and the last third is regular fermentation, but when it hits 1040 density everything is fermented together at 23 C in the juice phase. Fresh and supple with lovely raspberry and cherry fruit. Bright but not tannic with a grainy, juicy quality. 91 Points, JG, March 2023.
6 x 75cl
Award: Wine Anorak 93 Points
Award: The Wine Anorak 92 Points