|Paul-Henri Bouchard and his
brothers have fallen under the spell
of Domaine des Grands Devers in
the southern Côtes du Rhône near
Valréas in the region known as
the ‘Enclave des Papes’.
Characterised by a certain coolness,
it has a remarkable physiological
resemblance to more northerly
vineyards, and consequently produces
wines of elegance and finesse.
Since 1999 Paul-Henri, Louis-
Pascal, Guillaume and Matthieu
have combined their individual
talents to provide the dynamism
necessary to relaunch the domaine.
Two of them, Paul-Henri and
Louis-Pascal, live and work full time
at the property.
Here Paul-Henri, the trained
oenologist, can give full reign to his talents as a winemaker as well
as overseeing all the work in the
| For his part Louis-Pascal is responsible
for the marketing and customer
relations, both in France and abroad.
He also manages the chambres d’hôtes
accommodation which they created
when they took over the domaine.
Guillaume, an accountant, looks after
the finances, helped by Matthieu,
who is also proficient in IT.
Both Guillaume and Matthieu take
an active part in the vineyard work,
especially at harvest time, and contribute
to the important tastings from the
vats, which will eventually determine
the final blend of the wine.
Coming from a well-known
Burgundian wine merchant family
they found in this vineyard a ‘terroir’
which was familiar to them.