1998 Domaine de la Grange des Peres Vin de Pays de l'Herault #163374047


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Reviews 91 points Wine Advocate "The 1998 Vin de Pays de l'Herault (white) (originally rated 89-92 in issue #127) is a rich wine with extroverted dried honey, smoke, apricot, and spice aromas. Medium to full-bodied and expansive, its broad layers of pears, white peaches and flowers are ensconced in a fat, super-ripe character. (PR)" 89-91 points Vinous "Liquorice and scent and very gentle and complex. Very polished. Much more substantial than the 2004. Long and still vigorous. Very gentle and lovely but with a spine too. Still some tannin as well as all that ripe fruit. Very good - even if definitely Languedoc rather than a claret copy, tant mieux. (JR)"

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Laurent Vaille of Domaine de la Grange des Peres

About Domaine de la Grange des Peres

Situated in the Hérault region of Languedoc, near Montpellier, Domaine de la Grange des Pères is the winery that has brought Laurent Vaillé to the forefront of exceptional winemakers in France. Despite encountering significant challenges, Vaillé's wines have garnered a cult following. Before acquiring his land in 1989, Vaillé honed his craft under the guidance of esteemed masters, including Jean-François Coche-Dury, Gérard Chave, and Eloi Durrbach.

Vaillé's decision to cultivate his vineyard in an area with poor, hard limestone soil was challenging and required substantial clearing with dynamite and bulldozing to make it viable. Nevertheless, his persistence paid off, and he discovered an exceptional terroir that enabled him to create wines with incredible complexity, balance, and elegance. He sourced his cuttings from the best wineries, including Syrah, Marsanne, and Roussanne from Gérard Chave, Chardonnay from Coche-Dury, and Cabernet from Domaine de Trévallon.

With a total production of only 2,500 to 3,000 cases annually and low yields of 20-25 hl/ha, the Domaine's wines are rare and highly sought after. Vaillé uses natural vinification methods, employing home-grown yeasts and sustainable agriculture principles, which result in expressive, nuanced, and outstanding wines that age beautifully. His wines are famous for their simultaneous restraint and power, making them perfect for aging. Vaillé's achievement in the Languedoc has earned him recognition and acclaim, and his area of the region, Terrasses du Larzac, is now considered one of the best wine-producing regions in France. Vaillé himself once remarked, Nature gave us a partition of land. It is up to us to interpret it.

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