Gramenon, Cotes du Rhone Sierra de Sud 2019Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Domaine Gramenon in the Southern Rhone has quite the story behind it. It begins with Michèle Aubèry-Laurent, the reserved yet fierce woman behind the name. A doctor by trade, she and her husband Philippe, bottled the first vintage of Domaine Gramenon in 1990. As a nurse, Michèle had a very natural approach, one that she carries over to her care of the vines. Philippe was also a talented winemaker, with a creative and edgy approach, and loved pushing the regulations of the INAO (the French organization regulating agricultural products.) You can see how the couple inspired each other in their work. In 1999, Philippe was killed in a terrible accident, leaving Michèle to care for the vines, farm, and three children. Instead of backing down, she persevered with the same mentality as before, furthering her non-interventionist approach even more. Her son, Maxime, who’s also made a name for himself in the wine world, continues Domaine Gramenon’s progressive legacy with his mother.
Meaning “southern sierra,” the Syrah fruit comes from 15-25 year old vines. The grapes are partially destemmed, allowing for more opportunity for mouthfeel and tannins. The Cotes du Rhone ages in a combination of stainless steel and barrique for seven months before bottling.