Le Petit Gascoun
A highly aromatic blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc – the latter rarely seen in a table wine in France, though it’s the main grape for distilling the Armagnac that Freres Laffite also produces.
Grapes are harvested at night. Every grape varietal is vinified separately, but they are all destemmed and directly pressed. Then a 15 days cold maceration period occurs before alcoholic fermentation and ageing on the lees for 2 months. The silt, clay and sand vineyards have an oceanic and Mediterranean climate: hot and humid summer and high rainfall.
The label features two symbols of France, specifically the south west region: the marinière jersey and the beret. Usually, people put red berets and mariners at village festivals in summer which are very frequent in Gascony.
It’s a highly aromatic wine with fetching stone fruit – peach and apricot – aromas, mingled with ripe tropical fruit – pineapple and lychees – on the nose. These notes continuing on the palate, rounded off by a lasting, fresh, crisp citrus finish
A lovely aperitif, and with food a few ideas: crab, sea bream fillet along with rice and a lemon-based juice; summer salads or with goat’s cheese.
About the Producer
Domaine des Freres Laffitte
Domaine des Freres Laffitte comprises two brothers Laffitte from a family that has lived in Gascony since Medieval Times. “La Fitte” meant “Stone” in Gascon and there are archives at the town hall of Ayzieu (the family village) which find traces of their name since the 15th century!
The family has always produced armagnac. Christophe and Sébastien’s parents begun to make wine. Which they have continues, conceiving and developing two wine brands – “Le Petit Gascoûn” and “Domaine Laffitte”.
Thus, with this idea, in one generation, the property grew from 18 to 120 ha of vineyards. Several varietals are grown: Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, Colombard, Gros and Petit Manseng, Cabernet Franc, as well as Ugni Blanc for both wine and Armagnac making.