Domaine d'Uby is an excellent and innovative domaine in a region dominated by cooperatives, or Armagnac producers that also make some wine as a sideline. At Uby the focus has been on wine production since the 1960's and it is now run by Francois Morrel, who is in his thirties and the fourth generation to be running the estate.
Two new wines have come onto the list this year, BYO white, a blend of Ugni Blanc Colombadr, Sauvignon and BYO Cabernet Franc. Both are from the first of a growing number of vineyards that are being certified as organic in a move to protect the vineyard and the watercourses from harmful pesticides and herbicides that may find their way into the fresh water lakes which hold the protected turtles. The White is 11.5%, fresh and vibrant with a touch of wild herb and white currant fruit. The Cabernet Franc is a breezy, varietal wine with juicy fruit and exceptional balance.
The results are impressive indeed, and have encouraged Francois to move faster towards full organic viticulture, hopefully by 2025.