Domaine du Grand Planal (Languedoc-Roussillon)
The Domaine du Grand Planal is situated in the South of France, in the commune of Bizanet and more specifically in the terroir of the Fontfroide, a cooler microclimate of the region.
Established in 1850, the winemaking tradition at this Domaine has been passed down from generation to generation. Since 1991, Stéphan Roger has been the winemaker and has transformed the quality of the wine made at the estate.
Now, Domaine du Grand Planal is a 24-hectare estate, of which 12 hectares are AOC Corbières and 12 hectares are Vins de Pays.
The Corbières Cuvée Guy Roger is one of our most popular wines and perhaps one of our best values as well. Also very popular is his Rose made 100% from Cinsault.
The cooler microclimate of the Frontfroide allows Stephan to let the grapes hang a bit longer than other areas of the region, thereby allowing him to fully ripen the skins without the alcohol getting out of control. I adore the elegance of his wines, and I think that 'place' has a lot to do with that elegance.
Stéphan Roger and his family are very unique folks. At some point during my first visit to his estate he mentioned to me his ’other job.’ I found this pretty interesting in that most vignerons are busy enough with their work in the winery that they certainly wouldn’t have another job. However, Stéphan and his family run a bar/café in the indoor market in downtown Narbonne. They serve a lot of wine during lunch and coffee afterwards, but market visitors can buy a piece of meat and the Roger family will cook it for them at the cafe. Also, across the way in the market, Stéphan’s mom operates their ’triperie,’ a stand which sells all sorts of fresh offal to customers of the market. Unique!