Devoted brothers Martin and Mathieu Béraut tend this family estate, at three centuries old the longest established in the Gers, just west of Toulouse. As well as creating singular, sought-after wines, the guys make a range of Armagnacs (brandies) and also breed Blondes d’Aquitaine cattle. The brand ‘Ampéloméryx‘ references the local, long-extinct mammal – half deer, half giraffe – whose name means ‘ruminant of the vineyard’.
Domaine de Pellehaut ‘Ampelomeryx’ Blanc (€17.99)
Oozes quality and luxury right from the start, with fat, decadent flavours of exotic stone fruits, honey, butterscotch and vanilla all vying to outdo each other. One sip and you’ll be hooked! Pair with poultry or fish in rich, creamy sauces – avocado and prawn risotto, maybe.
Domaine de Pellehaut ‘Ampelomeryx’ Rouge (€17.99)
Sumptuously soft, with a delightful red fruit sweetness – think strawberries, over-ripe raspberries, redcurrant jelly – given some seriousness by motes of smoky minerals and pink peppercorn. Gentle tannins and hushed acidity complete the easy-drinking scene. Serve with steak tartare or crusted lamb with olives.