Pécharmant means 'charming hill' and it is widely considered to produce the finest wines of the Bergerac region. The vineyards of Château Champaral, owned by the Bouché family since 1971, sit at the highest point of the Pécharmant appellation, overlooking the Dordogne and facing south for maximum exposure to the sun.
Beneath the calcareous clay prevalent here lies a base of limestone that makes for easy drainage. The merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc vines are old and the resulting concentrated fruit is harvested by hand before undergoing a long maceration prior to fermentation in stainless steel, which is also a long affair, the whole process lasting several weeks.
A further 12 to 16 months is spent in oak in their subterranean cellar. The wine is mostly merlot (55%) supported by 25% cabernet sauvignon and 20% cabernet franc.