Chateau de Pellehaut
It is quite possible that there were vines planted at Pellehaut in Roman times, as the Roman villa of Seviac is only 2 kms away and has mosaics featuring vines.
Domaine de Pellehaut is situated at the highest point in the district of Montreal du Gers in Ténarèze and today covers 530 hectares of land, of which 180 hectares grow vines. It is a true farming estate, run with traditional practices by Gaston Béraut and his sons, Martin and Mathieu. At Pellehaut, two primary grape varieties are used in the production of eau-de-vie: Ugni Blanc, destined for Armagnacs released from 15 years of age, and Folle Blanche, the oldest variety in Armagnac, offering finesse and complexity at a younger drinking age.
The vinification of the wines destined for distillation consists of ageing on the lees with regular bâtonnage. After the ‘simple chauffe,’ the eau-de-vie leaves the alembic still and is placed in 400-liter, oak bariques, some from the property itself and some from the Limousin forests. The last Folle Blanche to be distilled is matured in 225cl Bordeaux barriques which were previously used to age the best white wine cuvees. The reduction of the Armagnacs takes place step by step with the addition of a mix of distilled spring water and alcohol prepared a long time in advance.