Seductive Grandeur
2014 Grange des Péres VDP l'Herault

Posted by Ian McFadden

Grange des Péres' Laurent Vaillé spent time with JF Coche, Gerard Chave and Trévallon's Eloi Durrbach. After that, he took some dynamite and started blasting into hard limestone to plant a vineyard.

That was nearly thirty years ago and in the Languedoc, a region not closely associated with great wines. Despite the region's lack of status, Grange des Péres quickly became a cult wine.

Today, not much has changed. Along with Mas de Daumas Gassac, Grange des Péres is held as the rare truly noble wine of the Languedoc.

Compared to Mas de Daumas Gassac's Bordeaux-inspired austerity, Grange des Péres is famous for a seductive grandeur that's more akin to a luscious Côte-Rôtie. It's equal parts velvet and garrigue. The blend of Syrah, Mourvédre, Cabernet and Counoise makes itself felt.

The hallmark of Grange des Péres is deep complexity and a textural allure. The wine is simply packed. There's everything from dark red fruits to herbs, spices, earth, game and leather.

In 2014, Grange des Péres flaunts these qualities in an incredibly attractive way. There's a really well-judged combination of richness and vibrancy. It's explosive with a fascinating undercurrent of maritime minerality and driving length.

In short, the 2014 is a really great example of the expansive, serious complexity and breeding that has brought Grange des Péres so much fame. It's the type of wine that reveals its glory early on and then ages well for the next 10-15 years.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits