HAUT POITOU

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HAUT POITOU

Production Region

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Vine-growing was first introduced into Haut-Poitou in Gallo-Roman times. Over the centuries, the vineyards grew in size and then shrank back again, at the mercy o f one war and invasion after another. Eventually, Guillaume X, Duke of Guyenne and Count of Poitiers, took on the task of developing the vineyards; when Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry Plantagenet (Henry II of England, England quickly became their principal market.

Climate

Clima

The climate here is subject to oceanic influences which regulate temperatures, but also has a continental quality giving lower rainfall. Average annual rainfall is 630 mm, while sunshine hours are high, at 1,900 hours per year.

Soil type

The appellation soils are mainly calcareous clay.

Varietals

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Red: cabernet franc, gamay, merlot, pinot noir.
White: Sauvignon Blanc, fié gris

Colour(s) and Style(s)

Dry white, red, rosé

Annual production*

5 000 hl

or around 6 666 700 bottles

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Producers

9

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Basic Yield

Whites 67 hl/ha

Reds 58 hl/ha  

Rosés 60 hl/ha

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Conservation

8°-14°

elevage 2 to 5 years

Whites 8°-12°
Reds 13°-14°
Rosés 8°-12°

Whites: 2 - 3 years
Reds: 4 - 5 years

Food and Wine Parings

Menu
Aperatif

With a withe haut-poitou

A dish of prawns

Starter

With a rosé haut-poitou

Local charcuterie specialities including black pudding, rillauds, (belly of pork) and poitevin (a pork and vegetable terrine).

Main Course

With a white haut-poitou

Fish and seafood

With a red haut-poitou

Matelotte of eel, goat cooked with green garlic

Cheese

With a red haut-poitou

Dégustation
Look

Reds: Elegant, their colour veering towards ruby red.

Nose

Whites: Are fresh and crisp, often showing floral, fruity aromas - a mix of white and yellow flowers and citrus fruit.

Reds: Full of red berries, cherries and spice with an edge of freshness.


 

Palate

Rosés: These are light wines, lively without being aggressive, full of ripe fruit flavours.

* Annual average over the last 5 years

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