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Online - Exploring tannat with Camille Laplace
We’re delighted to welcome Camille Laplace of Château d’Aydie to share some of the secrets of this wonderful Madiran producer and of tannat alongside a range of option wines to taste.
We have invited Camille Laplace to share the stories behind the tannat grape and her family’s vineyards in Madiran. We will be discussing the history of the estate, the unique terroir of the region, the grapes grown and winemaking techniques used in order to produce their beautiful wines.
We sell several Laplace wines, including a white and a rosé, but here we will be focusing on the red wines. We encourage you to buy one, some or all of the wines if you wish to taste along but it’s not compulsory to buy them in order to join in and enjoy the session. The suggested wines can be found below.
Suggested wines to accompany the event.
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With the Pyrenees as its backdrop, Château d’Aydie nestles in the hillside of the tiny commune of Aydie, just a few kilometres west of the village of Madiran in southwest France. This town has had its own AC since 1948, but the Laplace family has been making its mark on Madiran wines for three generations, since Frédéric Laplace breathed life into the family vineyards in 1927.
The family has earned worldwide acclaim for its mastery of tannat – Madiran’s signature grape variety, which now must constitute a minimum of 50% of the blend, and the grape responsible for the AC’s famous dark, deep, elegant powerhouse reds – to the extent that renowned critics such as Robert Parker have claimed they are one of the best producers of red wines in southwest France.
Today, the property has 58 hectares under vine: 49 of which are under Madiran AC, with the remaining nine comprising part of the neighbouring white wine appellation, Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl. Within the Madiran vineyards, tannat is the star, along with cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon, whereas in the white vineyards it is ugni blanc, petit manseng, gros manseng and ugni blanc that take centre stage.
Maydie Tannat, the family’s fortified wine, is hugely popular with members, and is a festive treat with blue cheese or Christmas pudding. The family have been experimenting with wines like this since 1941, and it has now been perfected into a delicious, decadent blend.
Now one of our most popular offerings, these events are designed to give members an insight into wineries by hearing from those on the ground. Often there will be wines to compliment the event, though buying these wines is not compulsory to attend or enjoy the event, and these sessions can be watched with a cup of tea if you would prefer!
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How much do these events cost?
Our virtual events are free to register and attend. Optional food and wine suggestions are advertised on the event page.
Are the events recorded?
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Emma Briffett is a Tastings and Events Co-Ordinator at The Wine Society. Emma has been part of the team since 2010 and is the ‘go to girl’ for all things food and wine matching. She has a degree in French and her WSET Diploma Award.