150 years of tradition in the heart of Gascony

 

Our estate

Located in the south-west of France in the Gers department, and more precisely in the Armagnac-Ténarèze area, our 30 ha-property produces Côtes de Gascogne wines, Floc de Gascogne and Armagnac.

The vines are planted on clay-limestone hills oriented to the south. Soils give great distinction to the wines with incredible ageing capability. Beautiful department with undulating lands, Gers gets a semi-continental climate and very pure air which give definite nature to the wines.

 

Our story

Jean de Montrejeau estate has belonged to the same family for more than 5 generations. His name comes from our ancestor who left his village Montréjeau in the Pyrenees area to move in Gers.

Each generation worked very hard to produce each vintage despite periods of difficulty. The family estate saw Phylloxera in the 1880’s. Some years later, the property lost its manager and owner, my great-grandfather, killed in action during the First World War. At the time, my grand-father Eugène Labenne found himself ward of state at 9 years old but he kept the property and started to produce our oldest spirits since his teenage years, helped by his mother and aunty. In those days, they grew old grapes varieties like Jurançon Blanc, Baco 22A and Ugni Blanc. In 1962, after the War of Algeria, my father Jean-Pierre came back to the family estate at 22 years old to manage it.

Today, together as a family with my mother Claudine, we are in charge of the property and we try to maintain the quality of our wines with our ancestor’s know-how. We carry on producing Armagnac with Ugni Blanc and Colombard grapes varieties, but we also produce some white and red wines and Floc de Gascogne with Gros Manseng, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

 

We still have a large old Armagnac collection in our cellar going back to 1930 as well as a small range of wines.

 

Rich in our past and our family strength, we are proud to carry on our traditions.

 

Our range

 

Contact us

Labenne family

Balarin

32250 Montréal du Gers, France

Tel./Fax: +33 (0)5 62 29 41 04

Vincent Dandre: +33 (0)6 72 28 66 98

Nicolas Labenne: +33 (0)6 07 02 95 87

Floc de Gascogne

Apéritif

From the Occitan dialect “bunch of flowers”, this old gascon recipe from the 16th century blends young Armagnac and fresh grape juice.

Wines

Dry and sweet white wines

In appellation Côtes de Gascogne, our vines produce grapes of good complexity and maturity with the Gers’ climate.

Armagnac

Spirituous

Located in the Armagnac Ténarèze appellation, we have been producing and ageing our armagnacs in old oak barrels since 1932.

Eau-de-vie

Discovered in the 14th Century by Master Vital Dufour to have therapeutics properties, the “Aqua ardente” is today the France’s eldest brandy.

© 2016 Jean de Montréjeau. Realisation: C.P.