Producer Profile

Domaine de Pajot

Domaine de Pajot, a cherished family-owned estate nestled in the idyllic Gascogne region of southwest France, boasts a rich heritage spanning three generations under the stewardship of the Barreau family. Guided by Damien Barreau, the current custodian, the estate thrives on a blend of time-honored tradition and contemporary innovation, with a steadfast commitment to organic viticulture. Encompassing eighty acres of gently undulating terrain, adorned with sandy soils, Pajot meticulously tends to a diverse mosaic of indigenous grape varietals, including Colombard, Gros Manseng, Merlot, and Cabernet.

Where The Wines Come From

South West

Natural wine production in the South West of France encapsulates the region's rich tapestry of terroir and winemaking heritage. Spanning diverse appellations such as Madiran, Cahors, and Jurançon, the South West boasts a mosaic of microclimates, soil types, and grape varieties. Here, traditional grape varieties like Tannat, Malbec, and Gros Manseng thrive alongside lesser-known indigenous cultivars, reflecting the region's spirit of innovation and experimentation. Natural winemakers in the South West embrace a philosophy of minimal intervention, nurturing their vineyards through sustainable farming practices and eschewing chemical additives in the cellar. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts and minimal sulfur usage are hallmarks of South West natural wines, resulting in wines of purity, vitality, and a true sense of place. On the palate, these wines offer a kaleidoscope of flavors, from dark fruits and spice to vibrant acidity and a lingering mineral finish. Whether enjoyed as a young and lively quaffer or aged to reveal additional layers of complexity, South West natural wines embody the essence of their terroir and the artistry of low-intervention winemaking.