The Côtes du Marmandais

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Domaine de Beyssac: 44.500484, 0.159869

The Côtes du Marmandais appelation can be found south-east of the Entre-Deux Mers region of Bordeaux, just across the Gironne River.  This small area (800 hectares planted to vine) was long relegated to making tiny quantities of inoffensive juice, yet lately a new generation of winemakers are using Organic, Biodynamic and Natural winemaking techniques to make wildly rustic and beautiful wines.

Vinotas Selections is proud to represent some of these talented new producers from this rediscovered region.

Domaine de Beyssac

The Côtes du Marmandais is an interesting satellite region of the Bordeaux AOC.  While it’s planted to Bordelais grapes, it also has its own varieties, like Abouriou, Fer Servadou, Ugni Blanc, Muscadelle and Semillon.  So the potential for truly unique wines has always been there.

Frédéric and his wife Véronique Broutet had always loved wine, and luckily they had a small family plot near the town of Marmande.  So when they finally retired a few years ago, they bought some lands, built a winery, and started making wine.  By 2010 they had 11 hectares (27.18 acres) planted to local varieties.  From the beginning, they wanted to make high quality environmentally conscious wines, so they started off using Organic viticulture.

Vines are trained on Guyot or Royat method and densely planted (4000-5000 vines/ha), cover crops are allowed to flourish between the rows, and everything is done by hand.  Alcoholic and malo fermenations are done in stainless steel to seal in freshness and purity.  Very little oak is used except for their higher-end wines, and barely any new.


Frédéric’s L’Initial was what caught my eye and my palate the first time I tasted it.  From 18+ year old vines, it’s a blend of Abouriou, Cot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  After being hand-harvested and fermented in tank, the wine rests on its lees for 11 months, at which time it’s bottled unfined and unfiltered.  The result is darkly beautiful, a rustic wine that keeps a certain level of finesse.  Basically, a Bordeaux blend with a twist.