The 17-hectare Domaine du Pech was founded 1978 by Daniel Tissot and is located on the slopes of Sainte-Colombe-en-Bruilhois of northern Gascony, on the south-eastern border of AOC Buzet. The estate is run strictly along biodynamic lines, only natural yeasts are used and yields are eye-wateringly low. Grapes grown include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc for the limited-release white, the vines situated on gravel, limestone and clay soil. In 1997 Daniel's daughter, Magali and her partner Ludovic Bonnelle took full responsibility for the estate. 'Le Pech Abusé' (so-called because the wine was refused appellation accreditation due to its higher alcohol content and longer ageing process) is a blend of 40% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and spends three years in old oak casks before release. Note: the wine contains no sulphur. The label was designed by Magali and Ludovic's daughters and only 500 cases were made so availability is necessarily limited.
A bright ruby-red in colour. An expressive nose of blueberry, blackberry and sloe with earthy, mineral notes. On the palate, rich and generous with further ripe black fruit flavours and a juicy acidity. The tannins are evident but well integrated leading to a surprisingly soft and round finish. Try with hearty meat dishes such as Cassoulet, saucisse lentille or magret de canard.