Serge Doré met Alain Paret in 1995. Over the years, they have shared many fine bottles and animated discussions about the two grapes that Paret masters, the Syrah and Viognier, on his estate in the Northern Rhône Valley. Alain Paret sums up his ideology well: “Only quality pays off; one must never deceive. Every time, you have to do better than the last.”
He started by planting every single root stock, one by one every weekend, for years. He is constantly searching for ways to improve the quality of his wines, going as far as buying barrels from different coopers every year to adapt each vintage to the best wood tannins to achieve the perfect balance.
A producer to be taken seriously
- Robert Parker
Since 1972, Alain Paret has planted Syrah and Viognier grapes for the region’s best wine productions: Saint-Joseph and Condrieu. With 92 acres of vineyards, he produces appellation wine for which he has received numerous national and international awards. Robert Parker calls him “…a producer to be taken seriously.” Paret will not put his name on a bottle of wine unless it reaches his high standards.