Paul Louis Eugène

We recently paid a return visit to Paul Durand and were elated by what we tasted. Andrew Jefford describes him as a “peasant philosopher” (a sobriquet that Paul happily accepts), and also says, aptly, that “there is no more interesting person in the world of wine”.

Paul is a man of his region, speaking a wonderfully eloquent French in the heavy accent of the south-west. Devoted to the heritage of the Languedoc, he is nonetheless not above making wines from utterly non- traditional grapes if he feels that they have a statement to make about his terroirs.

His life in recent years has not been easy, but he has emerged from his troubles with a clarity of vision and a modest determination that translate into wines of unabashed power, endowed nonetheless with a grace and poise that are almost unheard-of in this region. Ever his own man, he was one of the very first producers in France to shun the Appellation Contrôlée system and make only “Vins de Table”. He has essentially reinvented himself by planting vines in long-abandoned vineyards buried deep in the nooks and crannies of his beloved Minervois hills. Without any special efforts on his part (he is somewhat averse to the hurly-burly of commerce), his wines have developed a cult following amongst a small band of cognoscenti. It is our confident belief that Americans will be added to their numbers when they experience these unique wines for the first time.

Wine Label - Paul Louis Eugene "Canto Pebre"

Available Wines



Paul Louis Eugène 2006 Canto Pebre

(Carignan and Grenache) An inspired blend of these two workhorse grapes. Sweet, sappy wine with preternatural freshness for its age. A super successor to the long sold-out 2004 vintage that made so many friends.

Paul Louis Eugène 2007 Trois Pommes

(Grenache) The first vintage of Paul’s new Grenache vineyard was most auspicious. More Collioure than Gigondas (though there is no schist in the soil), its gorgeous nose is varietally true, while the firm and spicy palate delivers pleasure and intrigue in equal measure.