The 26-hectare Domaine Berthoumieu is based at the village of Viella to the north of the Madiran appellation of southwest France and is run by Didier Barré, 6th generation winemaker. The domaine consists of 2 plots - one on a pebbly plateau to the west of the village facing south towards the Pyrenees, the other to the east of the village on gravelly slopes facing south east. Many of the vines on the estate are between 40 and 100 years old and from them Didier makes some of the finest wines in the region. His wines are regularly commended in the Guide Hachette. This Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh (literally 'a row of vines in Madiran') is a blend of 90% Petit Manseng with a splash of Gros Courbu. Harvested in 3 tris between November and late December, this unctuous dessert wine is fermented in barriques for 1 month before bottling.
A golden yellow in colour. Look for scents of apricots, almonds and cinnamon. Full-bodied and sweet on the palate with further tropical fruit flavours. The acidity is well balanced and the finish long and sweet. Try as an aperitif with a cube of ice. Also great with lemon tart or pain d'épices de Pithiviers (spiced honey bread).