"Marc Penavayre produces wines using a local grape (Negrette), resulting in elegant, deeply coloured wines, with liquorice aromas."
The soils of the Southwest lie mainly on the Tertiary sedimentary lands of the Aquitaine Basin and on the ancient alluvial deposits of the Quaternary period terraces. The vineyard is planted on clay-limestone soils, sands, pebbles, clays, grey limestones with a clay subsoil. The geological activities contributed to split this region into many sub-regions showing diversity in their soil composition. Soils and subsoils are often poor with good drainage, which is favourable to the cultivation of grapes.
A Passionate Lineage
Château Plaisance is a family farm located in the hillsides of Vacquiers, that entirely focused on making wine since 1971. Two decades later, Marc Penavayre took over and expanded the domain, following in the footsteps of his father Louis. Like many others, the domain initially employed modern viticulture and vinification methods, but in the early 2000s Marc turned to a more environmentally friendly way of wine making. No chemicals, no fertilisers or weed killers, spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts are the results of Marc’s “traditional” innovations!