Peynac is the work of Les Vignerons du Narbonnais in France's Languedoc region. It is a co-op formed in 1935 and now includes 250 winemakers controlling 3,500 acres of grapes. Their mission was to improve the quality of the wines from the Languedoc region, consequently increasing their worth and price so that they could make living.
It was a long, arduous road. Besides having to contend with a world-wide recession, they were also struck by World War II, which decimated the vineyards and many of the wineries. Rebuilding became even more difficult. After the war, people wanted more cheap wines, something the Languedoc was known for, but the quality had to be there as well. This dichotomy brought riots by the vineyard owners demanding that they set prices so they wouldn't be selling their grapes for less than it cost to grow them. The Vignerons persisted, upgraded, embraced technology, and improved the quality of the wines beyond their prices.
Today, the Languedoc region produces 80% of the Vin de Pays, the easy-drinking wines which the French consume every day. As a result, the Languedoc went from last to first and now enjoys not just success, but gratification. Because of its proximity to the Rhone Valley, the Languedoc produces many of the Rhone varietals. But the terroirs are so vast that producers wander outside the Rhone and into other territories. Such is the case with our selection, which is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. The subtle hints of violets and sweet cherry combined with the fleshy middle is perfect for chicken paprikash or paella.