The Bergerac vineyard is crossed from east to west by the Dordogne river and irrigated by its many tributaries. The sweetness of Côtes de Bergerac wine comes from its vineyards planted on sunny plateaux on both banks of the Dordogne. The grapes are picked by hand, when over-ripe, and then sorted to select only the finest berries before vinification. Côtes de Bergerac Moelleux wines are round, subtle and fresh on the palate. They can be enjoyed young but will improve with ageing.
Duc de Castellac is an easy-drinking wine for sharing, a modern range of very lightly oaked fruit-driven wines. The château on the label is the Maison de Peyrarède, a Bergerac mansion which belonged to a rich business family. Louis XIII once spent a night there. Widely appreciated through Europe, the wines of Bergerac go hand in hand with the humanism of Montaigne and his fellow essayist La Boétie. Later they were to inspire Cyrano with his verve and gallantry. Available in Bergerac red, rosé, dry white, CBM and Montbazillac... and now the range has been extended to include Médoc and Lussac Saint-Emilion.