Domaine Plaisance-Penavayre

Location: Vacquiers, Fronton
Size: 26 hectares
Varieties: Négrette, Negret Pounjut, Jurançon Noir, Abouriou, Alicante, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Gamay Freaux, Semillon, Bouysselet, Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc
Viticulture: Organic and Biodynamic
Vinification: Native yeasts, cement or stainless steel tanks, used barrels and wood foudres. Generally no fining or filtration, minimal use of sulfur.

Plaisance-Penavayre is located in Vacquiers, in the Fronton Appellation d’Origine Protegée, which is in the Haute-Garonne region of southwestern France. It was created in 1991 by Marc Penavayre, descendant of a long line of winegrowers in Vacquiers. He took the name Plaisance since at the start, most of the vineyards were located in the lieu-dit called by that name. The estate currently comprises about 26 hectares.
The vines were certified organic in 2011 but Marc has been practicing organic and biodynamic farming since 2005. He uses indigenous yeast fermentations in cement or stainless steel tanks as well as used barrels and wooden foudres.  He uses limited sulfur and there is generally no fining or filtration. Bouysselet and Negret Pounjut are two local ancient white varieties that have only fairly recently been rediscovered, and Plaisance-Penavayre is among the very few who produce wines with them. Marc’s son Thibaut works side-by-side with his father. When we visited, the ongoing exchange of ideas (and love) between the generations was palpable, and quite endearing.