2006 Domaine de la Grange des Pères

 Domaine de la Grange des Pères

Domaine de la Grange des Pères

The wines of Domaine de la Grange des Pères, well for me at least, seem to have more in common with the Northern Rhone than the Languedoc….quite deeply fruited, spicy and dense, sometimes with meaty & herbal edges, they quite often need some time in the cellar before they begin hitting their straps.

Owner, Laurent Vaillé once worked as a physiotherapist before throwing in the towel, so to speak, and studying winemaking. After concluding his studies he spent time working at JF Coche-Dury, JL Chave and Domaine de Trevallon before moving back to the family home near Aniane. Laurent set about planting existing family landholdings with vines as well as purchasing some additional plots and by 1992 he was ready to release the first vintage of his own wine.

Like his famous neighbor, Aime Guibert of Mas de Daumas Gassac, Laurent decided to ignore the local appellation laws, the Coteaux du Languedoc AOC for the record, and plant Cabernet Sauvignon so the resulting wines are labelled Vin de Pays de L’Hérault. The Domaine de la Granges des Pères estate (and Mas de Daumas Gassac for that matter) lie on a terroir called ‘Le Tourtou’, high in altitude with a soil consisting of rocky limestone and clays. The farming methods are lutte raisonée….that is to say they are nearly totally organic and the yields are very low in the grand scheme of things….10-25Hl per hectare.

It’s worth noting that the slopes of Le Tourtou was where Robert Mondavi planned setting up his death star in the Languedoc before things went somewhat pear-shaped….the infamous L’Affaire Mondavi that was depicted through Jonathon Nossiter’s terroir-tinted glasses in Mondavino.

I’m not sure of the actual cépage in the 2006 but as a general rule of thumb it usually consists of around 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvedre & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon….some years some Counoise will make it into the blend also. The oak regime is up to two years in a mix of old & new casks…..seems like a lot but rest assured it is done with great skill and the oak levels in the finished wines are never intrusive.

It lies deep garnet red in the glass and throw’s out aromas of deep rich blackfruits….plum, blackberry, cherry and mulberry with hints of roast beef, dark chocolate, licorice, deep spice with a slight herbal flick and a waft of sweet smoke.

Quite weighty and dense on the palate with supple cassis, cherry and plummy blackfruits, flecked with earthy mineral notes, clove, sandalwood, dark chocolate and roasted meats. There is a slight resinous nuance in the background with elements of charcoal, herbs and stone. Densly packed with a great shape and a lacy curtain of ripe, fine-grained, chalky tannins finishing long and balanced.

I’ve always enjoyed the wines from this estate as they are a bit lusher, darker and stand out….maybe a little ” international” in style but fantastic wines all the same.

Price: $80

Closure: Cork

Alcohol: 14%

2006 Domaine de la Grange des Pères

2006 Domaine de la Grange des Pères

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5 Responses to “2006 Domaine de la Grange des Pères”

  1. Andrew Graham
    December 26, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    Great to here you got a good bottle. We had one at a Tapanappa Masterclass that was bretty as hell. http://www.ozwinereview.com/2010/07/wine-masterclass-tapanappa-vs.html

    • Dave
      December 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

      That’s a bugger Andrew….the ones I’ve had have been fine but I have had brett issues with past releases. These ones have been stored very well which is often half the battle.

  2. Chris Foster
    January 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed just about every bottle of Grange les Pere that I’ve ever had, but occassional “B” word pops up too. Good ones are very good. We import a couple of the wines from a former assistant winemaker at the winery, Frederoc Pourtalie. His wines are Domaine de Montcalmes from north of Montpellier near Puechabon and show the influences of Grange les Pere & Mas Daumas Gassac rather well. Dave, I’ll send you a bottle of each if you want. Cheers,

    • Dave
      January 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      G’day Chris….Happy New Year….I’d love to have a look at the wines…love the wines of Mas Daumas Gassac also…caught up with them at Prowein last year.

      Best address is:

      Dave Brookes
      PO Box 112
      South Australia, 5353



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