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  • A Cult Wine that epitomizes the unique qualities of Gramenon.
  • 100% Grenache, hand picked from 60 year old vines.
  • Decidedly one of the Wine World's great bargains!
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Ruby-Red
Nose Attractive and lingering aromas of raspberry, boysenberry and strawberry, with notes of spice and cola.
Palate Deliciously elegant flavours of cranberry and cherry, with a hint of blackberry and vanilla coffee, takes this Grenache to extraordinary levels of refinement. Complex, medium bodied and wonderfully balanced with silken tannins.
Food Pairing Smoked spanner crab & paprika chowder.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes Purchased in 1978, this family owned vineyard is now tended by Michelle Aubery-Laurent and her son Maxime François. Certified organic and exclusively hand-harvested, with no fining or filtration, to purely express the terroir. This wine was produced from 60 year old vines, carefully selected from 2 parcels. 100% Grenache aged on old oak for 12 months.
Variety Grenache
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2016
Region Cotes du Rhone
Country France
Sustainability Certified Organic
Alcohol 14.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Domaine Gramenon
Gramenon is one of the great properties in the Southern Rhone. The winery takes some finding though and this is perhaps the first indication of the exclusivity and elusiveness of their wines. These wines are literally impossible to track down. The winery and cellar is located in a remote area of the Drôme, in the small town of Montbrison-sur-Lez. The farm house and cellars are surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves. It is truly an incredible place; very relaxing, very serene.



In 1990 Michelle and her husband Philippe established their winery and young family within this location encompassing some ancient vineyards (containing 100+ year old vines). Winemaker Philippe quickly gained international acclaim for his concentrated and complex wines resulting from natural, minimal-intervention techniques. But in 1999 tragedy struck when Philippe was suddenly killed in a hunting accident. Michelle was devastated yet determined that the winery would continue in his tradition.



Although she had neither her husband’s reputation nor experience, she followed Philippe’s blueprint in the vineyards and winery. Throughout the vintages of Gramenon that I’ve tasted following Philippe’s untimely death, I’ve noticed Michelle developing a style of her own, perhaps producing finer, more layered wines. Now aided by her young son Maxime-Francois (who has recently returned from his schooling and work experience in Burgundy), she still farms the vineyards organically and applies careful, natural handling in the winery—the wines she produces seem to be taking on a quality of effortless elegance and exquisite balance.



There’s real fruit purity to the aromas and a wonderfully fragrant earthiness that comes forward as her wines open-up. Michelle has taken great efforts to reduce the amount of sulphur that is added to the wines and because she handles the grapes and wines so carefully she is able to add just the smallest amount at bottling. Although you would think this might hinder the ageability of the wines, on the contrary, I’ve found her wines to develop and keep very well. While the wines of Gramenon may not carry revered designations like Chateauneuf-du-Pape, don’t be fooled by thinking that their Cotes-du-Rhone status makes them simple and light. These are not, in fact they are some of the most riveting and rare wines from the entire Rhone Valley!
Cotes du Rhone
Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC is a distinct step-up in quality from wines labelled 'Côtes du Rhône.' The Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC is entirely in Southern Rhône and is less than 20% the size of 'Côtes du Rhône.' As typical of the region, red wines account for the majority of wine produced, and must comprise a minimum of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah and a maximum of 20% can be made up of the remaining 10 varieties permitted in the region.



There are 4 tiers of AOCs (wine quality levels) in the Côtes du Rhône. At the bottom, the 'entry level' is Côtes du Rhône AOC, a step up is Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC (lower yields, slightly higher alcohol and ideal for cellaring) and at the top is Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC, which will have the name of the village where the wine originates. The entirety of the wine must come from said village for the label to adorn its name. There are 18 villages in all which are permitted to declare their names on the label. At the top of the pile is 'The Crus' which are the 18 small subregions which best highlight their terroirs. They're made in tiny quantities and only account for a mere 20% of the Rhone's output. Most famous are the likes of Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Gigondas AOC, Crozes-Hermitage AOC and Hermitage AOC



The regions history is long and rich, dating back to the 4th century BC when Greeks brought wine to the area.

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