““The Ventoux?” I call it “Le Grand Chauve” – the great bald mountain. He watches over this verdant valley as I work. Here the earth is generous, rich, profound and supple. As with a safe the vintner must discover the right combination to unlock the true character and finess of this terroir .” ” Marc Valentini, vintner.
Marc Valentini has a green thumb. Before coming to settle in the Ventoux region, for over ten years he grew organic vegetables in Canada. Little did he know when he returned to the South of France that he would become a wine maker. But one thing he did know was that he was meant to work the land. The man has a natural attachment to the earth. During a visit to the Ventoux, he discovered a property perfectly suited to his idea of an organic vineyard. Twelve and a half acres at an altitude of 1500 feet in the foothills south of Mount Ventoux stretched out before his eyes. A group of wine loving friends support him in the venture. In 2002 Domaine le Grand Vallat is born. The rich diversity of the “terroir” inspires the vintner. He makes eight different wines! Gaïa, godess of the blue planet, reveals her beauty. Inspired by a hillside of one hundred year old Grenache vines with a confidential yield, this rich, full-bodied wine not only represents the southern reds but does so with finess. The latest creation, Les Grenouilles, a blend of Marselan, Grenache and Syrah is made and aged in barrels. A limited serie made for keeping. Chantal Sarrazin (Translated from the original French version).