Deep in the wilds of south-west France there’s a vineyard that was planted over 200 years ago with unknown vines that may hold the secret to fighting climate change.

Join us as we head (virtually) out to Gascony to peer into the mists of wine history and see what lessons it holds for the future. Olivier Bourdet-Pees of the dynamic Plaimont cooperative is our genial, beret-wearing guide, introducing us to grape varieties we’ve never heard of and explaining how this region has been reinvigorated after making some of, ‘the worst wine in France 40 years ago’.

This episode is sponsored by AOC St Mont and features a number of wines including Plaimont’s iconic Vignes Préphylloxériques bottling (see below for more details).


Olivier Bourdet-Pees, Plaimont


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The following are wines we tasted in Feburary 2024.

Selected UK stockists are included – often with the best price available.

  • Elia Liberty Cotes de Gascogne IGP, 9% (£8.50, Sainsbury’s)
  • Plaimont Saint Mont Grande Cuvée Tradition 2020, 12.5% (£9.50, Tesco)
  • Plaimont Saint-Mont Vignes Retrouvées 2021, 12% (£9.50, The Wine Society)
  • Plaimont Saint Mont Projoe 2021, 13.5%
  • Plaimont Le Faite Blanc Saint Mont 2019, 14% (£22, Corney & Barrow)
  • Cirque Nord Saint Mont Grande Cuvee 2019, 14% (£39.50, Corney & Barrow)
  • Fleurs de Lise Saint Mont rosé 2022, 12% (£8, Marks & Spencer)
  • Le Manseng Noir, Planéte Cépages 2022 Cotes de Gascogne IGP, 11.9% (£10.95, The Wine Society)
  • J’aurais dû être Tardif 2021, 13.5%
  • Plaimont Vignes Préphylloxériques Saint Mont 2021, 14% (POA, Corney & Barrow)
  • Les Hautains Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 2021 Crouseilles, 12% (£10.50, Corks & Cru)

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