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Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

Appellation for white wine in the region of southwest France, which is identical with the appellation Madiran (red wine). In the past, white wine and red wine were produced under the common AOC Vic-Bilh. The Gascon dialect name derives from the training "piquets-en-rangs" (stakes in rows), where vines are raised on tall stakes. Vic-Bilh" (Vieux Pays = Old Country) is the name given to the local hills. The name thus means "stakes in a row from the Vic-Bilh hills". The vineyards cover 300 hectares of vines in the departments of Gers (3 communes), Pyrénées-Atlantiques (28) and Hautes-Pyrénées (6). An oceanic climate prevails with hot summers, dry sunny autumns and relatively mild winters. The deep yellow, long-lasting white wine with aromas of candied fruits and honey is blended from the autochthonous main varieties Courbu Blanc, Petit Courbu, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng (at least 60%, max. 80% per variety), as well as Ruffiat (Arrufiac) and max. 10% Sauvignon Blanc. Two thirds of it is produced moelleux (semi-sweet to sweet) and one third sec (dry) (for the dry version the AOC designation Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh sec applies).

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