Grenache, Carignan, Syrah
Les Darons comes from 30+ year old Grenache and Carignan vines and 20 year old Syrah vines planted in the La Clape (39%), the Agly Valley (35%), Minervois (12%), Saint Chinian (8%) and Corbieres (6%). Soils dominated by: Clay/limestone for the Grenache; lacustre and shatter in Minervois; gypsum in Corbieres; sand in La Clape.
Jeff Carrel was born in 1969 in Paris and lived in the neighborhood of La Goutte dOr for 22 years where he studied chemistry. In 1991 he decided to change his life and start to study oenology in Montpellier in the south of France from 92 to 94.
Jeff graduated in 1994 with a National Diploma in oenology, he made a tour of France, vinifying in the Loire at Martignié Briant at the heart of Layon then in Alsace for Wolfberger on their site Dambach (40 000hl) and in Languedoc (laboratory of oenology Council where he will follow the domains in development as la grange des père, Daumas Gassac etc At the end of the year 96, he becomes technical director of a languedocienne subsidiary of a trading company of Bordeaux, Promocom. During this period he has vinified for Mondavi for the range Vichon, Stimson Lane for the range Color Volant, les Domaines, La Noble, Pomarèdes, Puydeval
End of 1998 he took over the management of the Domaine Puydeval he vinifies 45 000hl and own 8000 hl per year to the trade, he developed a consulting business where he vinifies for domains and castles 25 000hl. In 2000, he created a company around the Domains he advises, and in 2003 he left the Domaine Puydeval to devote himself entirely to advice activity and the management of a distribution company.
Today Jeff Carrel vinifies and advises mainly in the Languedoc Roussillon, but also in Priorat, in Bordeaux, Beaujolais and in Bourgogne. He also focuses on the development of these own wines : Puydeval, la Bette, les Herbes Hautes, Cote Ouest, les Darons, Morillon Blanc, Un Blanc Du Sud, Ornithology, Saveur Verte, BMV, Villa des Anges and many others to come.
Grenache and Carignan have long been cultivated in Southern France and represent the forefathers of the Languedoc Appellations red wines. An homage showcasing these varietals, this wine was subsequently labeled Les Darons, the affectionate expression for The Parents in the Parisian suburbs where winemaker Jeff Carrel was born.