Domaine de la Grange des Pères Vin de Pays l’Hérault Rouge 2016


Today the wines of Laurent Vaillé have achieved cult status around the world, but his path to international stardom was not an easy one. After working in the early stages of his career for such iconic figures as Jean-Francois Coche-Dury, Gerard Chave and Eloi Durrbach, Vaillé purchase 10 hectares of land in 1989 in the Languedoc near the village of Aniane and started the process to plant his vineyards.
A blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each parcel and variety is vinified and aged separately for 24 months in barrel before being blended. This wine is a deep red in the glass with a powerful, complex nose. Black jammy fruits, sweet spices and just a hint of cigar box poke through on the palate with a big mouthfeel and surprisingly silky, soft tannins.

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Producer: Domaine de la Grange des Peres
Region: France, Languedoc, Aniane
Provenance: ex Château
Vintage: 2016
Variety: Syrah, Mouvrevedre, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Volume: Bottle (750ml)
Organic Status: Biodynamic
Description: The Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines are situated in a Northerly aspect on limestone soil at 300 metres altitude, whilst the Mourvèdre faces due South on pierres roulées, like in Chateauneuf du Pape. Yields are kept down to a minimal 25 hl/ha thanks to bunch thinning and manual sorting of the grapes. He uses ТreasonedУ viticultural practices, keeping the use of chemicals to a bare minimum, cultivating the soil, removing leaves to let the generous sunlight into the canopy and performing a green harvest where necessary. The winemaking is traditional in style, each variety being vinified separately using natural yeasts and long maceration. The wines spend up to 24 months in barrel (one third new), but the oak is seamlessly integrated even upon release.

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