Buy a French Vineyard: Pécharmant, a Well Kept Secret

So you want to buy a French vineyard property but the price of buying into St. Emilion, Pomerol or Lalande de Pomerol is a little beyond your means. Here's where to look...

Chateau Les Farcies Du Pech: Pecharment vineyard for sale ~ Contact: +33 637 50 09 88

Chateau Les Farcies du Pech: Pecharment vineyard for sale
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You may find what you are searching in the Cote de Castillon, Entre-Deux-Mers or Bergerac appellations. The problem is that you may find yourself struggling to differentiate your wine effectively from thousands of other vineyards.

This is not an envious position to be in.

So what to do?

Our advice is to look in the Pécharmant appellation.

Just 420 hectares in total, this red only appellation is widely considered to be the finest in Bergerac. In fact, it is so highly thought of that its wines are often compared to those of Lalande de Pomerol and sometimes sell for a higher price.

You will find the Pécharmant vineyards (Granted AOC status in 1946), on the right bank of the Dordogne, north and north-east of Bergerac. They are the oldest in the Bergeracois region. The name derives from a linking of two words, ‘Pech’ and ‘Armand’ - Pech being a local word for a small hill, and Armand the first name of the man who owned this land prior to the 13th century.

Spread over four communes (Creysse, Bergerac, Lembras and Saint-Sauveur), the vineyards mostly lie on south-facing slopes, thus benefiting from much more sun. It is the “tran” that gives the Pécharmant wines their unique taste. This is a layer of “Périgord sand and gravel” into which clay and iron gradually leached. The wines (a blend of Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc) do not reach their peak for 6-7 years.

Pecharmant AOC wines must by law be blends, and no single grape variety may exceed 65 percent of the finished wine. Furthermore, the wines must contain at least three of the stipulated grape varieties.

There are only 46 producers to choose from of which only 31 vinify their own wines. These are rarely seen outside the Dordogne region. This scarcity makes bottlers of this wine highly sought after by people in the know and drives the retail price up to match those of Lalande de Pomerol or even St. Emilion Grand Cru.

So now you know enough to know that buying a Pécharmant vineyard will give you an edge or shall we call it a unique selling proposition when it comes to marketing your wines, you will, no doubt, be intrigued enough to want to take a closer look at the possibility of buying one.

Here are two Pécharmant vineyard for sale right now

1. This domaine of ​​38 hectares is on Bergerac’s doorstep and consists of 14 hectares of vineyards AOC Pécharmant, 8 acres of parkland, 1.7 acres of woods and the rest is fallow agricultural land with the possibility of planting further vines as within the AOC Pécharmant. The property currently produces 50-60,000 bottles a year which can be increased to 90,000 bottles. All hardware is included vinification equipment, stock, vineyard equipment and furniture in the house. It comes with a well reviewed chambres d’hotes’ business.(see picture above)

2. This property dates back to the 13th Century and is one of the oldest vineyards in France. The chateau is set in the middle of 100 hectares of land, overlooking Bergerac. With 40 hectares of vines and the possibility of planting a further 15 - 20 hectares in the appellation. As part of his business plan, the present owner has elected to harvest only part of the 40 ha, giving the remaining to the local cave coopérative. It is possible to harvest the totality of the vines; however, in that case it would be necessary to enlarge the chai.

Pecharment vineyard property for sale Reference: FPM-13640BB Contact: +33 637 50 09 88

If these do not appeal and you still want to hunt down an ideal French vineyard property, the best thing to do is to work with a buyer’s agent who specializes in finding Bordeaux vineyard properties for high net worth foreign investors. why? Because vendors are notoriously reluctant to put their properties on the open market. This makes your search even harder. Working with a buyer’s agent will enable you to tap into his network and quickly identify properties that meet your criteria. To find out more. click the "Contact us Now" button below

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Rory Ramsden

Rory Ramsden is the publisher and editor of France Property Magazine and has lived in France for many years. He is passionate about French cuisine and wine as well as making sure that French property buyers have the best information possible before signing on the dotted line. He represents Home Hunts in south west France and has a special interest in Bordeaux vineyards.