Domaine du Pech
Domaine du Pech lies deep in the heart of south-west France in the Buzet appellation. So, it lies to the west of Toulouse and to the east of Bordeaux.
It is at this domaine that Magali Tissot and Ludovic Bonnelle practice biodynamic viticulture, use no pesticides or herbicides in the vineyard and no nasty additives in the winemaking process including no sulphur being added. The grapes are fermented using only the naturally occurring yeasts.
The healthy vineyard of Domaine du Pech
The typical grape varieties of Buzet are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc - grape varieties that it shares with Bordeaux. There is also Sauvignon Blanc for the special white wines that are produced here.
It is quite large by biodynamic standard with 17 hectares given over to vines. The soils are gravels, limestone and clay and the yields are very low being in the range 10-25 hectolitres per hectare.
Ludovic samples his wines
They encourage natural predators in the vineyard and that is why the labels (designed by their young daughters) often feature the ladybird.
One of the stars of the vineyard!
Domaine du Pech Buzet Jarnicoton Rouge 2006
The Jarnicoton is a Buzet appellation wine which is a robust red wine made from 20% Cabernet Franc and 80% Merlot.
It is a strong wine with a pronounced Merlot nose of fruit and berries but a taste that is quite harmonious. The wine was vinified in tanks and it has achieved an alcohol level of 13.5%.
Domaine du Pech Vin de Table Le Pech Badin 2007
The Le Pech Badin is a luscious, rich, savoury white wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. It is not the shy and retiring type with 14.5% alcohol it is a wine to contemplate rather than knock back in a hurry. However it is also complex, deep and intriguing. There is no sulphur at all added to this wine.
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Domaine du Pech Buzet Le Pech Abusé Rouge 2006
Domaine du Pech pick all of their grapes by hand which is why the words "Vendanges Manuelles" are proudly displayed on the label of this wine along with the trademark picture of the ladybird that helps them control insects in their vineyard.
This is a serious red wine with some five years of time to mellow in the huge oak casks capable of holding 100 hectolitres of wine. The blend for this vintage is 40% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot.
The nose and the palate demonstrate the elegance of this wine. It has achieved an alcohol level of 13.5%.
Domaine du Pech Buzet La Badinerie du Pech Rouge 2006
This is a beautiful and harmonious wine made from Cabernet Franc 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5% and Merlot 45%. It has masses of red and black berries on the palate and deep flavour. It is quite balanced now but will improve given more time. Alcohol level is 13.5%.
Domaine du Pech Vin de Table Soleil 2006
The Soleil is the reason why we initially noticed the wines of Domaine du Pech. We have tasted many wines from South West France over the past twenty years, but the minute we had a sip of the Soleil we knew we were dealing with something on the edge!
The Soleil is a funky, orange-coloured wine made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc that has been exposed to sunlight for six months. The colour comes from its exposure to the sun not from the more normal skin contact.
If you are looking for fruit-forward characteristics forget this wine. It you are looking for the simplistic tropical fruit flavours of a Marlborough Savvy B this is not for you. It you are looking for deep, deep flavours with nutty, dried fruit, dried citrus flavours brought on by controlled oxidation then this is a wine you will love. This is a wine to drink when you are not having a Jura.
And when can you drink this wine? Well, sipping it with a Manchego cheese might be a good start. The wine is not sweet and finishes quite dry so it teams well with high altitude cheeses.
Because of the Jura cadences in this wine it would also pair very nicely with a Comte from the Jura or a hard cheese from Switzerland. It would also go very nicely with gougeres made with one of these cheeses (we actually know this because we tried it with our gougeres and it worked perfectly).
This is an absolutely intriguing wine that we sell in 500 ml bottles and which cannot be pigeon-holed into any conventional style.
And, by the way, there is no sulphur at all added to this wine.
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