Pecharmant is an appellation located to the northeast of Bergerac, making rustic, Bordeaux-like red wines. Although less than 1,000 acres, Pecharmant is gaining name recognition rapidly. Their wines can now compete with unclassified Bordeaux and are almost always less expensive. Generally rich and powerful, the wines here can be made from any of the main four red grapes of Southwest France and are almost always a good bet for classical wine lovers on a budget.
Originally created as an AOC in 1936, the Pecharmant region is quite historical. However, only in recent times have Pecharmant's wines become truly popular.
Climate and Viticulture
Produced from vineyards on hills northeast of Bergerac, these wines are not much different from those of Bordeaux. Rustic, ageworthy and powerful, the wines of Pecharmant are viticulturally influenced by the hot sun and the iron-rich clay soil.
Pecharmant wines must be blends of at least three grape varieties. Among the available options for producers are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. Powerful, tannic, and generally very ageworthy, the exclusively red wines mellow and become more fruity as they grow older.
We list five very good producers here.
- Les Chemins d'Orient: This unconventional producer gives every vintage of their Pecharmant a different name, but over the years almost all of these wines have received good critical reviews for their full-bodied but balanced flavors.
- Domaine du Grand Jaure: These are rich, generally powerful wines, very similar to good Bordeaux; the dark, oaky Memoire is considered the best wine, but the spicy Futs de Chêne is also good.
- Domaine de Haut-Pecharmant: Four wines are made here. The basic wine is a four-varietal blend mainly made up of Cabernet; it has concentrated, deep fruit flavors. The Prestige cuvée is slightly better and slightly more expensive, while the Cuvée Veuve is a soft, aromatic, unusual Cabernet Franc-based wine. Perhaps the most technically satisfying is the rich, ripe Clos Peyrelevade, made from old-vine Merlot.
- Château Terre-Vieille: Rich, ripe, yet elegant in flavor, the Merlot-based basic wine here is quite good. The Ambroisie cuvée has warmer flavors.
- Château Tiregand: An old producer that has been making wine in Pecharmant as long as any, Tiregand makes classical, rustic Southwestern wines, with Bordeaux-influenced but distinct black fruit and herbal flavors.