Domaine Gramenon 'Sierra Du Sud' Cote du Rhone 2019
"A pure Syrah bottling from the land of Grenache. Syrah soaks up its surroundings as if it were at home, offering wild flavors of the Provençal countryside gently wrapped in a thick coat of tooth-staining deep purple fruit. The cool nights at elevation confer lovely freshness to this unhindered expression of southern sunshine." Anthony Lynch, KLWM
"Inky-dark 100% Syrah from this renowned low-intervention producer in the Drôme. With a lovely airy purity and fresh, herby nose, it is surprisingly open given its youth, but with good underlying tannic structure. Dark fruit and a creamy, savoury Syrah palate, impressive grip and persistence. Organic; small quantities of sulphites added." Drinking Window 2021 - 2028. 92/100 Decanter
The Finer Details
Variety - Shiraz
Country - France
Region - Rhone Valley
Sub Region - Cotes Du Rhone
Alc. Content - 14
Std Drinks (Approx.) - 8.3
Extra - Cork
Year - 2019
Volume - 750ml
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.