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Domaine Pech Rome – Languedoc-Pézenas AOC

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At Pech Rome we grow optimum quality grapes and ferment them in traditional fashion to produce wines that are an authentic expression of the Languedoc region. Complex and fruity our wines are crafted according to rules of the art, and are made to be enjoyed or saved for a special event.

Terroir and climate : Situated 11km north of Pézenas, our vines are situated at 150 m altitude. The ground is made of a great variety of style : sandstone, gravely limestone, gravel terraces and basalt scree…Vines are mainly south-facing with excellent water supply and drainage; it is naturally irrigated by an exttensive network of sources which drain water collected from the Falgairas plateau. Upon contact with the underlying impermeable clay layers the water emerges in the form of springs. Associated with a climate marked by ideal temperatures and insulation and low to moderate rainfall, this water limits the degree of water stress on the foothills and ensures optimum ripening. This combination of climate, soil and water supply enables us to produce wines of great finesse, concentrated and elegant, with spicy aromas characteristic of the natural environment.

Domaine Pech Rome is the property of two pharmacists – Mary from Ireland and Pascal from the Mediterranean coast. A common interest in wine lead us to create the estate in 2001. The cellar was established in a traditional vignerons house, the vineyard comprises 10 ha ( 25 acres), of which 7ha produce AOC Languedoc-Pézenas wines and the reminder in Vins de Pays. In AOC zones, Syrah vines are planted on gravel, shale and gravely clay (1983-1985), Mourvèdre is planted on vitreous basalt terraces (1988), Grenache (1982) and Carignan (1944-1971) are planted on clay limestone dolomites.

Vineyard : Our objective is to find the perfect balance and this requires meticulous attention to detail at all stages (a natural production approach). Operations such as de-budding enables us to produce grapes in excellent condition. Ripening is monitored by rigorous and regular tasting of the grape berries complemented by classic maturity control analyses. Yields are limited by pruning to maintain optimal concentration : between 25 and 45 hl/ha in AOC. The grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted and transported in 12kg crates and rapidly transported to the split-level cellar where the temperature remains naturally cool, even in the warm September climate.

Vinification : the wines are made and fermented with sparing use of oenological products. Part of the harvest is partially de-stemmed in order to minimise green tannins and dilution of the juice; the remainder of the harvest is vinified traditionally as whole berries. The wine is macerated for three to four weeks depending on the vintage in order tu customise tannin extraction to each harvest. Cellar operations such as pump-over and “délestages” are to minimise the extraction of green, astringent and aggressive tannins. The free-run and press wines are separated and the malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur naturally. During the cold winter months, wines decant naturally which avoids the need to filter, and rackings without air means that wines’ aromatic integrity is conserved. Oak is only used for that part of the production likely benefit from it, the aim being to obtain tannins that are as soft and velvety as possible.

Our Wines

Rose : this ”gastronomic” rosé with a delicate salmon-pink colour, has a nose of strawberry-and-cream with a slight hint of vanilla. On the palate Rose is velvety and mouth-filling with a lively touch of acidity in the finish. This wine may be enjoyed all year round with light food or even as an aperitif. The wine is fermented in oak barrels and lees-aged for five months.
Grape varieties : Grenache noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah.

Florens : this is an excellent easy-drinking wine : full, fresh and ripe. Its Grenache base gives it intense fruitiness. Remarkably fresh on the palate, it is packed with fruit and elegant tannins, this wine is best enjoyed while still young.
Grape varieties : Grenache noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah and Carignan, proportion depending on the vintage.

Clemens : a blend of all five of our grape varieties, Clemens reveals the rich diversity and quality of Domaine Pech Rome. On the nose, intense aromas of forest fruits, herbs with a hint of olives. On the palate the tannins are soft but structured complemented by soft fruits and suggestion of liquorice.
Grape varieties : Syrah, Grenache noir, Mourvèdre and Carignan, proportion depending on the vintage.

Opulens : the pretige cuvee of Domaine Pech Rome, Opulens has a defined structure with soft silky tannins. Fermented from our low-yield optimum quality grapes, hand-picked and carefully sorted. This wine is aged in our cellar for 24 months.
Grape varieties : Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache noir.

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