The Domaine de l’Airial is worthy. You have to reach the Bourda, one of those so-called places that the Gers is full of, in the heart of Gascony, a few kilometers from the commune of Eauze. Nestled in the 29 hectares of the property, at the turn of the village of Lagraulet-du-Gers, it is better to know.
But the buildings catch the eye. A typical Gascony house, heralded by its six picturesque palm trees, and the winery, both of ochre and clad stones. It doesn’t take long for you to arrive at D’Artagnan.
It is in the cellar that Cécile is busy, barrels in the office, when she is not in her vineyards. Because the winemaker here is her.
From the work of soils and vines, from harvesting to winemaking, from blending to ageing, she monitors, protects, chooses, patiently, gives up, innovates so that her wines… turn to vinegar.
For it is vinegars that we are talking about here: 18 dedicated hectares, planted mainly of Petit and Gros Manseng, indigenous grape varieties, and therefore privileged, as his peers and neighbours, producers in the appellation of wine from the Côtes de Biscay, have done with happiness. Oh, and certainly, a few feet of Pinot Noir, as if to weight any marked regionalism.