Chateau Montus Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh (90WE)
Very steep slopes with large round pebbles, brown clay subsoil with orange stratums.
100% Petit Courbu.
Yield: 40-45 hl/ha. Density 4 500 vines/ha. Double Guyot vine training, short pruning. Reasoned pest control, natural compost (mutton and cow manure). Bud and bunch selection with thinning-out (4 to 5 bunches per vine), thinning-out of the leaves, harvested by hand in crates holding one layer of grapes to preserve the quality of the fruit.
Cold maceration, fermentation at 18°C in wooden vats.
Aging on lees in barrels for 8 to 12 month. (50% new barrels, 50% in one year old barrels) Bottled all at once with no filtering or finings.
Bright white gold color with light green reflections.
Mineral, with floral notes.
authentically reflects its terroir. Enjoy 13-14 ° C.
In 1980, Alain Brumont acquired Château Montus. On this terroir made up of large round pebbles, situated in the finest Madiran Crus, he replanted the Tannat, which was ven-erated in the 18th Century, when no one really believed any longer in this grape variety considered too rustic because of its too great a yield, and which, once diluted, only pro-duced astringency and bitterness.
In 1985, a great terroir was detected where the Tannat was very different from the oth-ers and was given the name Cuvée Prestige. This cuvée allowed Château Montus to elevate itself amongst the great wines. Montus Prestige, the first Madiran made from 100% Tannat, is entirely aged in new oak barrels. A revolution at the time, that all the famous wine tasters throughout the world nicknamed Petrus de Madiran.
Inside the “Pacherenc du Vic Bihl” appelation , there is a small production of dry white wines that can be made from the following grapes varieties: Petit Courbu, Arrufiac, Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Betting on the Petit Courbu, Alain Brumont did demonstrate the potential of an unknown grape: (natural acidity, volume on the palate, floral aromas, minerality), and produces a wine that never ceases to amaze by its concentration and finesse. Château Montus Sec has become a classic, a must have for great restaurants in the world, and is often compared to the great mythical white wines.