The Clos Lapeyere Estate is a family-owned estate (founded 1920) that originally dealt with rearing livestock and growing fruit other than grapes. Now run by Jean's grandson, Jean-Bernard, who took over in 1985 and has replanted the entire estate with vines. The 12 hectares of vines are cultivated strictly according to organic principles and face south towards the Pic-du-Midi, an aspect which provides a modicum of protection from strong winds and plenty of sunshine during the summer months. 'La Magendia' means 'the best' in ancient Occitan and is made of late-harvested shrivelled Petit Manseng grapes, ensuring a great concentration of acids and sugars. Aged 12 months in barrels then the second winter in vats, bottling then takes place in the spring.
Ideal with Pyrenean sheep's cheese, andouille béarnaise, Roquefort. It is also a great wine to keep.