The Pertuisane story began in the foothills of the Pyrennées. In 2002 winemaker Richard Case and his wife Sarah staked their future on two hectares of ancient Grenache vines surrounding the village of Maury. Convinced of its truly exceptional terroir, they added eight more hectares in time for the 2003 harvest resulting in the first small run of high-quality, handcrafted wine. Maury is a remarkable winemaking village in the Catalan region of southern France. It lies midway between Spanish Catalonia and the southern Rhône valley and, like the vineyards of Priorat and Châteauneuf du Pape, is dominated by gnarled old-vine Grenache on broken, black schist soils. The landscape is tough and unforgiving. Not much else survives here except an impenetrable garrigue of Spanish oak, dense scrub, aromatic lavender, rosemary and thyme. The summer sun is intense and the windswept vineyards can’t help but produce small quantities of rich, intensely flavoured fruit. Yields at Pertuisane are exceptionally low. Vineyards range from 20 - 100 years of age, although most are over 50 years old and produce as little as 10 hectoliters per hectare (less than half a tone an acre). They are dry-farmed and harvested by hand.
“These are sensational efforts from this estate”
“A great set of new releases from Richard and Sarah Case”
Who We Are
Following vintages in Chile and New Zealand, Englishman Richard Case has since lived and worked in Maury producing wines from his own estate as well as consulting on numerous Grenache-based projects both in France and abroad. Richard is also the General Manager for Dave Phinney’s Department 66 winery in Maury.- Richard Case
Scottish born Londoner, Sarah Case, left a career in magazine publishing and photography to pursue a dream of life among the vines. Sarah divides her time between her family, Domaine de la Pertuisane and Department 66, where she manages the office and general winery logistics.- Sarah Case