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Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh

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These white wines, made in the exact same 3,000-acre geographical area that Madiran makes their wines in, are rather obscure but nonetheless quite good. Dry wines, sparkling wines, and sweet wines are all produced. Dry wines made here are called Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec.


Pacherenc was split from Madiran originally in 1948, when the two appellations were created. Madiran quickly became the more famous of the two, while Pacherenc slid into obscurity. But recently there has been a revival in white plantings in the region.

Climate and Viticulture

Obviously, Pacherenc has the same climate as Madiran does: hilly, with clay and limestone soils. The weather tends to be Mediterranean, with very hot summers.

Grape Varieties

Petite Courbu and Petite Manseng are the two grapes that together must make up at least 60% of the blends, but no more than 80%. Interesting local grape Arrufiat, Gros Manseng, and Sauvignon Blanc are the other grapes allowed, but local regulations limit Sauvignon to 10% of the blends.

Major Producers

Three producers are notable here, all of which also make good red wine in Madiran.


Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh wine is produced from the same geographical territory as Madiran wine, making the two sister appellations of sorts.