Grange des Pères
Laurent Vaillé trained under three mentors: Jean-François Coche-Dury, Eloi Durrbach of Domaine de Trévallon, and Gerard Chave of Hermitage. The land that Vaillé finally purchased for his own vines had been dismissed by others as being too poor and too difficult to farm—hard limestone, glacial scree, and twice as many boulders as his closest neighbor, Daumas Gassac. Bulldozers and dynamite were required to clear the land.
After much hard work, Vaillé was finally ready to plant a vineyard, and used his connections wisely. He went back to Chave for Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne cuttings, to Trévallon for Cabernet, and to François Jobard in Meursault for Chardonnay. Early in the season, Vaillé prunes the green bunches drastically, leaving a mere three to four bunches per vine. The wine is vinified as simply as possible, and neither fined nor filtered before bottling. Certified organic.