Pech Merle Winery
Pech Merle Winery has a slightly tricky name- in addition to sharing the name of one of the most famous prehistoric cave painting sites in the world, romantically visited by the winery owners, there is more to it than that- here is the official take on it in terms of its use as the winery’s name and a guide to pronunciation:
Pech Merle (pesh-mel) n., 1. the vigilant courtship between land and artisan reminiscent of a bygone era. 2. an awakened memory sparked by the cultivation of senses and emotion.
Speaking of courtship, memory, senses and emotion, proprietors Cheryl and Bruce Lawton promise to keep the romance alive within every bottle. In fact, devotion, or romance, for that matter, never tasted so good- check out the Wine Club with its three levels: Flirtatious, Smitten, Devoted.
The goal is not to merely make good wine, but to make delicious wine with stellar grapes from the best vineyards with the best vineyard practices: wines with elegance that show the best characteristics of the fruit. Their tasting notes for the newly released ’09 chardonnay exemplify the romance of this winery:
She exudes class and sophistication with her cool, crisp and creamy entrance. Get her home; let her open up and wow- coconut cream, smoky pineapple, honey and a tease of spiciness. A perfect balance of naughty and nice. She’s a keeper.
I would say that Pech Merle is just such a keeper!
Here’s looking at you, kids.