The name Passidore is the contraction of “pass-erillé” meaning grapes dried by over-maturation and “Isi-dore” which was the name of Damien’s great grandfather, former owner of the plot where the variety Petit Manseng was planted, giving the cuvee Isidore in 1994. This liquorous wine is mainly obtained by raisining on vine stocks. The natural evaporation gives the berries concentration and high sugar rate.
The plots are situated on stony limestone clay hillsides with south-west exposure. It is characterized by a specific microclimate: cool humid nights and sunny afternoons favouring the development of noble rot.
The cuvee Passidore Exception is exclusively made with Petit and Gros Manseng, picked during the very last harvest which occurs in December. Passidore Exception 1998 was picked on 6 December of that year. The grapes look roasted or even crystallized, the vine stock no longer bear leaves, grapes are delicately collected by hand while the pickers try not to be stung by the numerous bees busy with their sugar crop for winter.
After pressing the must sugar contents reach an exceptional rate of 350 g. It is put into old barrels for 36 months. There it will follow the rythme of seasons, fermentation will alternate with stuck fermentation until the wine reaches its balance and natural stability through a slow natural process.