Pau, Pyrenees’s is located in south west of France in Bearn region and shares, its horizons with the mountain. Cradle of the “Green Gallant”, the good king Henry IV, who enjoys a strong capital of sympathy, “the only king whose people have kept the memory.
This beautiful city “most beautiful view of earth” according to Lamartine, enjoys a panorama of the Pyrenees in the background. She is the heiress of a rich tourist tradition from the nineteenth century. At the time, it is a climatic resort frequented by an international clientele. Classified as a tourist resort since 2012, it proves on a daily basis that the Palois know how to receive, in this setting where architecture and nature are in perfect harmony.
The vineyards of Madiran and Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh are located equidistant from Pau and Tarbes, in three departments. Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees is an appellation at the meeting of two soils: La Bigorre and Béarn, long considered rustic wines that must be forgotten in the winery years. A handful of patient and attentive winemakers have managed to restore the image of this production, both in white and red. The soils consist of detritus and sedimentary rocks, the top of the hills, siliceous soils with large pebbles rolled. The tannat, emblematic grape of the appellation, is often proposed pure and “old plants” for the best cuvées. Merlot and Cabernets also appeal to some producers in blending with Tannat. The best whites in Pacherenc come from the Arrufiac and Petit Menseng grape variety.