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Didier Barral is focused above all else on typicity. He wants his wine to taste like it came from his vineyards in the schist-ridden hills of Lentheric, and he will try anything to accomplish this goal, as long as it doesn’t involve adding man-made chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers to his soil. The Marcel Lapierre of the south, Didier produces wine that contains nothing but the fruit harvested ripe from his old vines planted in his stony yet fertile soil. Earthy, meaty, savory, juicy, and powerful, it is a glassful of joyful, soulful goodness. Barral’s is a signature that cannot be mistaken.
|Blend:||50% Carignan, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache|
|Producer:||Domaine Léon Barral|
|Vineyard:||30 to 60 years, 10 ha|
|Aging:||Aged for 24 to 26 months in barrel (10% new oak)|
Domaine d’Aupilhac France | Languedoc-Roussillon | Vin de Pays de l’Hérault
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch