Week of October 10, 2022

As kids, we all read Alexander Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers that played out in the Gascony region.

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From Gascony, Plaimont has been producing their own “novel” of the finest wine making since the 1970’s.

Fine wines are produced from the indigenous grapes of Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Petit Corbu (whites), as well as Tannant, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (reds).

Plaimont has presence in important appellations such as Madiran and Saint Mont. The latter gained its appellation recognition in 2011.

The Tannat grape is front and central in making fabulous red wines. It is big, tannic and possesses levels of polyphenols much higher that those found in Cabernet Sauvignon. Plaimont has perfected the art of vinification of this grape where the wines rests in the tank for up to 12 months.

This is followed by up to thirty months between barriques and bottles prior to its release. The end result are wines that are well rounded, balanced with ripe tannins, deep color and presence intense fruits.

Old vines play an important role in the production of the highly rated wines of Saint Mont and La Madeleine. Additionally, Plaimont produces in very limited quantities a highly coveted red wine made from pre-phyllexora vines. If you come across a bottle, buy it.

The white wines are well balanced, elegant, herbal with notes citrus and apples. They are delicious! Plaimont also produces respectable rose wines. Hats off (typical Basque berets) to my good friends Olivier, Fabien and Karine!!! LOL.

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The foods of Gascony

If you are fan of Foie Gras, there is no better place than Gascony. It can be enjoyed as a pate or seared in a pan. Gascony is also famous for its prunes, particularly those stuffed with Roquefort cheese. They can be enjoyed as an appetizer or, I prefer them as after dinner digestive! The best part is, all these yummies pair very well with our Plaimont wines!! Cheers!

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