Valérie Guérin’s wines are all the rage in Paris wine bars, ground zero for the next vinous trends to infiltrate their New York and San Francisco counterparts. While she farms her meager holdings organically and scarcely intervenes in the cellar, the draw to Valérie’s wines does not lie in her philosophy or any radical techniques. Rather, the wines possess a level of purity and finesse that appeals to wine lovers on an elemental level, beyond what fashion may dictate. Atsuko is a regal expression of seventy-five-year-old Grenache, taut with energy and buried layers of complexity that will unfurl onto your palate and over many years in bottle. Mille Vignes is the real deal.
In the late 1970s, Jacques Guérin moved to the tiny village of La Palme, just a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean. Soon after, he began producing wine from nearby Fitou and Rivesaltes. The wines produced in the area at the time were not driven by quality, but Jacques saw potential in the terroir and envisioned revitalizing his vineyards, focusing on low yields and organic principles, convinced that he would soon be able to produce great wine. Today, Jacques’ daughter, Valérie, has carried on his ethic in the vineyard and cellar. The addition of Les Mille Vignes to our portfolio not only geographically fills in the space between Banyuls and Corbières but adds true depth and variety to our wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117