Granges des Peres



Country/State: France
Region: Languedoc
Varietal: Syrah/Mourvedre/Cabernet Sauvignon
Attaining cult wine status is not an easy feat, and certainly not when the odds are stacked against you.  Laurent Vaille has achieved what others thought impossible.  Having spent his early career training under such masters as Jean-Francois Coche-Dury (Meursault), Gerard Chave (Hermitage), and Eloi Durrbach (Domaine Trevallon, Provence), he settled in the l'Herault of the Languedoc and purchased his own land in 1989, near Aniane.  In this area of the region, where the limestone is hard and abundant and the soil poor, no one thought he would ever have any success planting a vineyard on his plot of choice.  Though it took dynamite and bulldozing to clear twice the amount of limestone, boulders, and glacial scree that was found in his neighbor Aime Guibert's Daumas Gassac vineyards, he found ideal terroir for his grapes.  He did not have to look far to find ideal fruit, either.  He sourced his Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussane cuttings from Gerard Chave and his Cabernet from Domaine Trevallon, Laurent's South-facing vines get very low yields, normally from twenty to twenty-five hectoliters per hectare.  All are pruned in the gobelet style.  The simultaneous restraint and power of his wines makes them ideal for aging.  His area of the Languedoc has since become known to produce some of the greatest wines in the region!  In his words, "Nature gave us a partition of land. It's up to us to interpret it."
Robert Parker on Grange des Peres: 
"Voluptuously-textured, with superb concentration, this full-bodied, beautifully pure, intense, layered wine is a dead-ringer for a top-notch Chateauneuf du Pape or Coteaux de Baux. Availability is limited, but readers who have access to it should consider buying it by the case. This estate’s wines are terribly hard to locate in the United States, selling out instantly upon arrival on our shores. Nevertheless, it is important for The Wine Advocate to report on them as doing so may inspire young winemakers in the Languedoc to follow in the footsteps of Laurent Vaille, the dedicated, highly talented winemaker of Domaine La Grange des Peres." 
Granges des Peres