Domaine de Pech-Menel, a Family Winery
Domaine de Pech-Menel is family business with sisters Marie-Françoise and Élisabeth Poux managing the winery. The estate includes 20 hectares of vines in Quarante, a village in the Languedoc region. The vineyard is in an area called “garrigue”, a typical terroir made of dry woodlands, rocky soils, and aromatic shrubs such as lavender and thyme. The sisters are convinced that it contributes to the character of their wines. Building the business of Domaine de Pech-Menel has not been easy, but they inherited the property, and are determined to keep family tradition alive.
White Winemaking at Domaine de Pech-Menel
At first, the sisters of Domaine de Pech-Menel only made red wines. When they started to make whites, they first had to find the right vineyard spot to plant white grapes. They chose one of the highest parts of the garrigue with a great altitude, ideal for white grape varieties. They cleared the old vines and had to move a huge quantity of stones. All the hard work was finally worth it, a wine expert suggested that “Le Blanc” could be the best white in the south of France.
In the Vineyard of Domaine de Pech-Menel
The sisters grow their grapes in the Saint-Chinian appellation. The soil is very stony, which is good for drainage. They do not use any chemicals in their vineyards and harvest the grapes by hand. They use a combination of modern and traditional techniques. They grow Syrah, Cinsault, Grenache, Mouvedre, and Carignan for reds. Carignan is originally from Spain but is also used in southern France. For whites they grow Grenache Blanc, Rolle, Viognier, and some Roussane, a varietal usually used for blending.