Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan
Region: Languedoc, France
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 2 weeks
Aging: 9 months
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: None added
Notes from the Importer: Gregory, despite his name, is very firmly French; his father is English, but his mother is French and he was born in Paris and was brought up in France, so speaks French rather than English. Wine for him was a complete change of direction; he was working as a sports journalist in Paris, but his wife’s family comes from the Médoc, and he had what he called his Damascus moment in a vineyard in Bordeaux and realized that he wanted to change direction. Initially, he worked as a sommelier and in a wine shop, but he was selling wines that he did not choose and realized that he was really interested in the plant, so he studied enology in Beaune and worked for Yannick Pelletier in St. Chinian while he looked for vineyards, and chance led to a meeting with somebody in Aspiran who had five hectares for sale, two plots of old vines, red and white, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut and Carignan, and Terret blanc and Grenache blanc, with an average of 50 years. There is half a hectare of 70-year-old Carignan and Cinsaut and some 85-year-old Grenache, the oldest Grenache in the village, and the Syrah is a bit younger. It sounded as though Gregory had really struck luck.