The winegrowers of the AOC Saint Mont and Plaimont Producteurs are heading to London in February to present long lost ancient grape varieties at an exclusive trade tasting event.

The microvinifications of the grape varieties were discovered on very old prephylloxera plots in the Saint Mont appellation. One of them is the vineyard of Sarragachies, which is a protected historical monument and is believed to be the oldest vineyard in France, planted at the beginning of the 19th century. One of these grape varieties is Tardif, which has just been inscribed into the French Catalogue for grape varieties and thus been granted permission to be planted.

Two masterclasses will be held in the afternoon, led by Jamie Goode, Olivier Bourdet-Pees and Nadine Raymond, technical researcher and winemaker of the forgotten grape varieties at Plaimont. The theme of the first masterclass will be the indigenous grape varieties of the Southwest, the long lost grape varieties of the South West and prephylloxera Tannat from a single vineyard in Saint Mont.

In addition, a blending masterclass will be led by winemaker Christine Cabri, on the indigenous white grape varieties of Saint Mont; Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Arrufiac. These will be shown as single varieties for the first time.

A walk around tasting will also take place, showing the Plaimont Producteurs wines across the AOCs of Saint Mont, Pacherenc du Vic Bilh and Madiran, IGP Cotes de Gascogne; all of which are available on the UK market.