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Domaine Capmartin, France

Simon of Domaine Capmartin has dusted off the historic traditions of Madiran and Pacherenc de Vic-Bil into a new, more progressive age.

He has set about significant changes amongst the vines and in the winery leading to his own unique versions of these truly exceptional AOP wines. Certified organic for the best part of a decade, Simon is now striving further with his sights firmly set on Biodynamic certification. Natural, low intervention winemaking are the watchwords. No added sulphur, all wild ferments and aiming for light tannins makes for previously unknown modern, fresh and delicious Madiran Tannat. The unique white blend of AOC Pacherenc de Vic-Bilh, made in part with the rare and cherished Petit Corbu variety, is wonderfully complex and a food friendly wine that will no doubt inspire sommeliers.

Viticulture

Domaine Capmartin follow a holistic approach to viticulture, based on their total respect of the vine and the environment. 18 hectares of vineyards are located on clay - silica soils with grapes planted on southern and south-eastern slopes, limestone and clay towards the southwest. 65% of plantings are red wines in the Madiran area, 20% are white wines in Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh AOC, and 15% are IGP Côtes de Gascogne wines. This Estate has been certified organic since 2013, forbidding the use of chemicals for weeding, they prefer a mechanical mowing and tillage. In recent years they have moved closer to biodynamic practices, with a strict treatment schedule using only natural products like copper sulphate, local biodynamic preparations from locally grown nettle and chamomile, and essential oils of lavender. Vineyards are fertilised with manure that are composted for the estate by neighbouring animals.

Winemaking

Domaine Capmartin produce quality wines that are an expression of the Madiran terroir. The winemaking decisions Simon Capmartin makes change according to the vintage and maturity of grapes. Grapes are mainly harvested at night to ensure freshness and are cold stabilised for 12 hours prior to wild fermentation. Depending on maturity of the year extraction can include very delicate pigeage.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • A modern, exciting take on traditional Madiran & Pacherenc de Vic-Bilh wines.
  • Organic/ biodynamic/ low intervention/ natural winemaking.
  • Fun and exploration with the IGP Gascony wines, with funky packaging (Cosmique and Pimpant).