Domaine de Ménard is located in the commune of Bretagne d’Armagnac, just a few miles from Eauze, in the heart of the Gascgony region. Elisabeth Prataviera and her brother Marc Jegerlehner have been making the wines at this family-run estate for over 20 years. The lineup of wines consists of the Colombard Sauvignon, Colombard Ugni Blanc, Côtes de Gascogne Rouge, Gros Manseng (Moelleux), Petit Manseng (Moelleux) and Rosé de Cabernet. The domaine got its start back in 1920 when Elisabeth and Marc’s grandfather, Jean-François Morel, left his native Switzerland – where he was already making wine – for the promise of cheap land for good terroir in the southwest of France. Primarily Armagnac producers at first, M. Morel decided to expand their production to still wines shortly after arriving from Switzerland. Today the estate covers 110 hectares (272 acres), most of which is planted under Sauvignon and Ugni Blanc. A small amount of Armagnac is still produced as well.
The VDP des Côtes de Gascogne is a zonal VDP region which obtained VDP status in January of 1982. Only wines produced within the borders of the Gers are permitted to carry the VDP des Côtes de Gascogne distinction. In an area like the Southwest, known for being red wine dominant, 91% of the wine produced in Côtes de Gascogne is white!