IGP Pays d’Hérault: Domaine de la Grange des Pères Rouge 2018

The iconic status of the Vaillé family's Languedoc estate has made Domaine de la Grange des Pères a cult wine – largely due to the meticulous, precise efforts of the late Laurent Vaillé and the small amount of wine they produce. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based red uses Syrah and Mourvèdre with a dash of Counoise to enhance the intensely dark briary fruit.

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Described by wine critic Robert Parker as 'outstanding', the stellar reputation of Domaine de la Grange des Pères has helped the local area gain recognition for quality winemaking. Sourcing vine cuttings from his training at Domaine de Trévallon and Gérard Chave, the Grange des Pères vines are farmed according to organic and biodynamic principles on marne-rich limestone slopes around the commune of Aniane in the heights of the Languedoc's Terrasses du Larzac (which gained Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée status in 2016). This wine's base of Cabernet Sauvignon means that it does not fit the requirements of the various Languedoc appellations so is labelled as a simple IGP Vin de Pays.

About this wine
StyleRed Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionLanguedoc, Terrasses du Larzac
Grape Variety (Cépage)Counoise, Mourvèdre, Syrah
CellarageDrink 5 to 10+ years after vintage.
VinificationLow-yielding vines are vinified separately using wild yeasts before gentle, non-interventionist maturation in individual 228-L barriques before settling and bottling.
Alcohol By Volume (%)14

Domaine de La Grange des Pères

Having trained under top producers Gérard Chave (Hermitage), Jean-François Coche-Dury (Côte d’Or) and Éloi Dürrbach (Trévallon), Laurent Vaillé bought his own land near Aniane in the Hérault valley in the late 1980s. The high-altitude vineyards had to be created with the help of dynamite and bulldozers and yields today are still eye-wateringly low. Like neighbour Mas de Daumas Gassac, his wines are bottled under a lowly Vin de Pays classification which belie their outstanding quality.

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