Michèle Aubery Laurent, the head and heart of Domaine Gramenon, is one of the most distinguished grande dames in Rhône wine... Her adventure began in 1978 when she bought 12 hectares of old vines in Montbrison with her husband Philippe Laurent. Vinification began in the first year and her first bottles were marketed in 1979. Organic methods were soon after introduced and the wines immediately earned recognition. Over time, plantations and the acquisition of several additional parcels brought the vineyard to its current size of 26 hectares. Maxime-François, one of the couple’s three children, joined the estate in 2006 and has accompanied them in applying the tenets of biodynamic viticulture to the vineyard (today certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter) and in the estate’s completely natural vinifications. The cuvées are always very successful, so much that the name Gramenon is today a reference in Ardèche and the wines are as rare as they are sought after.
A nose with notes of black fruit, violet, and leather... The palate is creamy, with nice structure, lots of substance, lovely ripe fruit flavours and supple tannins. A wine worth decanting, with excellent ageing potential.
A luscious nose with notes of red and black fruits, spices, and a hint of leather... Palate: it goes down by itself – a wine halfway between an easy-drinking glouglou and a dinner table Syrah, with tannic structure and great finesse. Decanting is recommended.
A nose of red fruits and Asian spices. The palate is fruity and juicy, balanced, and both subtle and very luscious. The finish is all freshness and fruit, and goes on and on... A fantastic cuvée!