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Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

Appellation for white wine in the south-west region of France, which is identical to the appellation Madiran (red wine). In the past, white wine and red wine were produced under the common AOC Vic-Bilh. The gascognac dialect name is derived from the "piquets-en-rangs" (stakes in rows) method of training, in which the vines are raised on high poles. Vic-Bilh" (Vieux Pays = Old Land) is the name given to the local hills. The name thus means "stakes in a row of the Vic-Bilh hills". The vineyards cover 300 hectares of vineyards in the Gers (3 communes), Pyrénées-Atlantiques (28) and Hautes-Pyrénées (6). The climate is oceanic with hot summers, dry sunny autumns and relatively mild winters. The deep yellow, long-lasting white wine with aromas of candied fruit and honey is blended from the autochthonous main varieties Courbu Blanc, Petit Courbu, Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng (60%, each variety max. 80%), 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) (the AOC designation Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh sec applies to the dry version).

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