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Gramenon Cotes du Rhone Rouge 'La Papesse' 2022

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The Wine

This is a spectacular 10ha parcel of old vines that Michelle and husband Philippe purchased in the nineties; it is south of the Gramenon estate in Vinsobres and is mostly Grenache but there are also Syrah vines planted there. The vines these days are about 70 yars old. Michelle was left to develop this parcel herself when Philippe tragically died in a hunting accident in 1998; she in fact sold half the property to the Perrin family of Beaucastel fame so as to concentrate on the parcel she favoured and at a size that she was able to manage. As a wine it is a Vin de Garde as it has the concentration, dimension and density to cellar incredibly well. The fruit glistens as it does in all the wines, it is dark in tone and has a real brooding intensity. It is glorious in the mouth and incredibly long flavoured shaped by fine tannin and vibrant acidity. A wonderous wine but one to keep; once it unravels in years to come it will be a thing of beauty. A favorite of Michele 


The Details
Variety - Grenache, Syrah
Country - France
Region - Rhone
Sub Region - Cotes du Rhone
Extra - Cork
Year - 2022
Volume - 750ml

About the Wine Maker

The wines of Domaine Gramenon are some of the purest expressions being produced in the south of the Rhone Valley, if not all of France. Based in the picturesque rolling hills of Montbrison-sur-Lez, Gramenon is one of the leading producers for biodynamic winemaking in the region.

With their first vintage in 1990, Phillipe and his wife Michelle began working with ancient 100+ year old vineyards. Phillipe quickly became renowned for his creative, boundary pushing wines showcasing the full potential of Grenache from the incredible vineyards. After tragedy struck in 1999, Michelle was left on her own with the winery and vineyard (along with 3 children). Using Phillipe’s methods and ideology in the vines and the winemaking, Michele continued farming and making wine at the Domane, propelling the wines Domaine Gramenon to their now legendary status.

Today the estate is run by Michele, and her son Maxime-Francois, where she has curated her own creative style in the winery. Maxime-Francois is also gaining recognition in his own right as a rising star, bottling 4 of his own cuvees at the winery under his own label.

Together they work 26 hectares of vines on strict organic and biodynamic principles, along with raising their own animals and growing their own food for sustainability. In the winery great care is taken to to reduce the amount on intervention with the grapes, the wines are unfined, unfiltered, and receive a tiny dose of sulphur before bottling.