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Domaine de la Grange des Pères
"Domaine de la Grange des Pères is located in Aniane, in the Languedoc. It produces small quantities of two of the most sought-after and expensive wines in the region. The estate was founded in 1989 when Laurent Vaillé bought land close to Mas de Daumas Gassac. The land was rich in limestone, boulders and glacial scree and required a lot of dynamiting and bulldozing to produce an ideal terroir. Laurent Vaillé already had a great track record, having worked with Coche-Dury in Meursault, Gérard Chave in Hermitage, and Eloi Durrbach at Domaine Trévallon in Provence. He cultivates 9 hectares of red grapes and a single hectare of white. Organic and bio-dynamic methods are followed though the vineyard is not certified.
The Grange des Pères Rouge 2017 is a blend of Syrah (40%), Mourvèdre (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Counoise (10%). The use of Cabernet Sauvignon does not allow it to be classified in the Languedoc AOC, so it is under the IGP Pays de l'Hérault classification. The grape varieties are vinified separately, and aged in 228-litres barrels for 24 months. The barrels are then blended, then the wine is put in stainless steel for a few months before bottling. This vintage is of high quality but only produced in small quantities due to the wild boars which destroyed half of the harvest that year. The Blanc de la Grange des Pères could not be produced in 2017." Clos Des Millesimes
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