The Montaut family has been running Domaine Montaut since 1877, sharing its passion along with the great tradition of Jurançon wines. The estate was formerly a part of a cooperative cellar until 2000, when Fernand Montaut decided to move to estate vinification. He’s since been joined by his son Nicolas, who now works alongside his father and mother, Bernardette, since receiving his oenology degree in 2010.
Located in the heart of the Pyrénées, in Béarn, the 6.5 hectare estate has been certified organic since September 2019, while retaining its High Environmental Value certification. Like many wineries in the region, the family specializes in Jurançon and Jurançon Sec, the steep slopes of the foothills making an ideal terroir for the indigenous grapes Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng.
A long rainy season and a dry, windy autumn help in the raisination of the grapes for the sweeter Jurançon, while a milder climate, influenced by the estate’s proximity to the Atlantic ocean, extends the growing season, allowing the harvest to reach its fullest potential. With a focus on hand-harvesting and estate vinification, Domain Montaut’s attention to detail and stewardship of the environment allows them to make a product that is a uniquely refined representation of the appellation.