Located in the hills above the fertile Herault river valley, just south of Pic St. Loup, is the village of Puechabon. Xavier Peyraud, grandson of Lulu and Lucien Peyraud of the famed Domaine Tempier in Bandol, together with his wife Geraldine Combes, have taken over her family vineyards. They farm is nearly 20 acres of vines planted to Grenache, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The young couple handle every aspect of viticulture and winemaking from vine to bottle. They work manually in the vineyards, have never used pesticides or herbicides, and view plowing as a vital part of their commitment to natural viticulture. The wines are bottled unfiltered to capture the intense fruit and garrigue aromas that the terroir has to offer. The wines have power and balance and their rusticity is coupled with finesse and elegance.