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.