Marlène and her husband bought their property back in 1973 as a holiday home. They planted a small vineyard in the mid-70s, pour s’amuser, and in the early 1980s began to plant more seriously, Syrah mainly, with a little Grenache and Mourvèdre. Domaine Peyre Rose debuted its first vintage in 1991 with Clos des Cistes and Syrah Léone.
She is self-taught and she has a very clear idea of the style of wine she wants to make. Her wines enjoy a long fermentation and very long elevage in barrel and bottle. Marlène built a new cellar in 1997, and then discovered that she had a problem with vats that were contaminated by bad resin. Consequently no wine was made in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
In order to ensure the vineyards do not touch any sprays from her neighbouring producers, Marlene owns 70 hectares of land with plenty of trees lines, garrigues and shrubs. All vines are farmed organically since the beginning. By the end of 1987 she had 17 hectares of vines composed of black varieties (70% Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan) and 4 hectares of whites (Rolle 50%, Roussanne 40%, and other varieties including viognier).The vines are planted at 220 metres altitude on clay and limestone soil structure. Marlene then bought some nearby vines, to reach a total of 26 hectares with vines aimed at 18-20 hl/ ha yield levels, all in the commune of St. Pargoire.
Marlène approaches winemaking with a minimalistic view - the juice is fermented in stainless steel/concrete vats and aged in a neutral oak. Each wine will spend at least 10 years elevage either in barrel or bottle as she believes that the vineyard work and terroir can only be truly reflected after 8 - 10 years.