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Groupe 76

A turning point for the Bâtard range…  
These daring and remarkably well-balanced blends have been created with a single objective in mind: to appeal to wine novices, experienced drinkers and members of the wine trade.

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Plô Grand Bâtard

Cabernet sauvignon – Chenin blanc

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Plô Grand Bâtard

Syrah – Chenin blanc

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Plô Grand Bâtard

Chardonnay – Chenin blanc

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Petit Bâtard

Carignan – Marsanne

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Petit Bâtard

Carignan B – Grenache G

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Autumn Morning During a wine tasting different barrels of the 2012 vintage, the “Maitre” of PLO, Julien Gil et Pierre Caizergues, guided only by the pleasures of the senses, came up with a blend of two grape varieties that had never before been mixed. Just like a composer of perfumes, he created his wine with his mind, soul and heart. However, his craftsmanship was not enough. It needs courage to blend a red grape, Cabernet-Sauvignon, with a white one, Chenin Blanc, thus giving birth to a new genre of wine. Grown on the fields of the Limoux area, this wine is not entitled to the AOP label as the blend of red and white grapes is not permitted, it is illegal. In France only a very small number of wines are allowed to hold this blend.
Now let’s turn back to the basics

Plô Grand Bâtard

In the Occitan language Plô means ‘small plateau’. The Grand Bâtard plot lies in the heart of the vineyard Plô Roucarels. Nestled in the hills of the Haute Vallée de l’Aude, in the sunny fields between Limoux and Carcassonne, the ‘terroir’ of Plô never ceases to surprise. In the distance one can see the Pyrenees, almost surreal, a magic picture that makes us dream…. The geographical position of the vineyard benefits from the influence of the Atlantic, which moderates the mediterranean climate of the region. Here, the cool nights and the heat waves in summer, cause climatical conditions that are favourable for a good maturity of the grapes. At the height of 350 meters various grape varieties are cultivated: Cabernet-Sauvignon and Syrah for the red and Chardonnay and Chenin for the white wines. The vineyards, planted on calcareous and stony soil, are traditionally cultivated with respect for ‘terroir’ and nature. This way we keep the uniqueness and authenticity of our grapes to ‘bring up’ and vinify our great wines.

Le Petit Bâtard

Tucked away in the Mediterranean hills, these Carignan Blanc and Carignan Noir vines are planted on the last foothills of the Montagne Noire. Pierre has chosen to work with Baptiste Serris, a young and talented winegrower from the Minervois region, to revive the region’s iconic varietals in his own unique way. These plots of vines were planted by René Serrie, Baptiste’s grandfather, in 1961, at a time when Carignan was not just Noir but Blanc as well. It was a natural decision to preserve this white varietal in light of all its potential just waiting to be revealed. Thanks to these small production wines, Pierre is extending the Bâtard range with the addition of the Petit Bâtard red, a blend of Carignan Noir and Marsanne, as well as the Petit Bâtard white, a blend of Carignan Blanc and Grenache Gris. Once again, the emphasis is firmly placed on the natural qualities and aromas of these delectable wines. The proof, as they say, is in the juices!