Pépie Côt is a red “Vin de Pays” produced on the hillsides of La Pépière village. These south-west oriented hillsides are located on granitic slopes where the rock, called Granite de Clisson, outcrops in many places.
The grapes are harvested manually at full ripening. The grapes are destemmed and in a tank for a week. A 4-day cold fermentation is carried out before maceration. Only the free-run juices are kept for this cuvee. There is a 5-month maturation in stainless steel vat.
This special cuvée is produced with Côt, also named Malbec in other places. This grape variety used to grow in Nantes area’s vineyard during the 20s and 30s. It has disappeared since then. Part of the vineyard of “Domaine de la Pépière” was replanted with plants coming from old vines of Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine.