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Domaine Gramenon, Côtes du Rhône Rouge ‘Il Fait Soif’ Maxime-François Laurent 2016

£12.75 (75cl)

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SKU: RHGR0116C

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Sourced from 15-30 year old vines on clay/ limestone soil. Partial destemming. Natural yeasts. Aged 6 months in stainless steel vats.

About the producer

Founded in 1976 by Philippe Laurent and Michèle Aubéry-Laurent, Domaine Gramenon lies in the heart of the Drôme Provençale in Montbrison-sur-Lez, surrounded by 25 hectares of vines and olive groves. The vineyards are planted on a limestone plateau, 300m above sea level, which brings a purity and freshness to the wines. Unfortunately, Philippe passed away from an accident in 1999, so Michèle was joined by her son Maxime-François. Together they aim to keep the identity of each plot of land, which gives birth to their ‘cuvées’. Since the start, the vines have been cultivated with a natural, organic approach. The soil is worked mechanically in both Spring and Summer, with an additional manual hoeing on some plots. Only copper and sulphur are used against oidium and mildew.

All vines are sustained with traditional bioorganic preparations. The domaine is certified biodynamic. The fermentation is conducted without SO2 and only with natural yeasts. Depending on the vintage, the ageing is either carried out in vats to keep the freshness of the fruit and most expressive aromatics or in used oak barrels to refine the tannins. No new oak barrels are used. No fining or filtration prior to bottling. The aim is to produce wines that truly reflect their terroirs with purity and authenticity.

Maxime-François has also created a small wine merchant business in partnership with a neighbouring vigneron, whose vineyards are certified organic. The clay-limestone subsoils, combined with the location of the vines, tend to produce staunchly fruit-forward wines. Crafted in the most natural way possible, Maxime releases his particular cuvées under his own name.



Regions Vintage Report:

“After an exceptional 2015 vintage it’s difficult to believe that 2016 could match up to let alone deliver wines of superior quality. It was quite different in the North with fresher, fragrant whites and more subtle and elegant reds. But for once the South is where sublime wines were produced with some of the most impressive wines I have ever tasted! And to make things better they are not overly rich or heavy, but rather exceptionally balanced. Volumes are reasonable, especially compared to 2017 where quantities are very often 50% down on average” Christian Honorez DirectorThe North Following the superlative 2015 vintage it would be easy to downgrade 2016 wines. Of course, they do not have the intensity and ripeness of last year’s wines but they make up for it with beautiful fruit and great balance. One does not always look for muscle and structure in the North and many beautiful wines are produced in balanced vintages like 2016. Do not get me wrong, 2016 isn’t a weak and lean vintage, far from it, but the best wines are those capturing the essence of the Syrah grown in that part of France; perfumed, elegant and savoury. Moreover, of course a slightly cooler year benefitted the whites that are incredibly perfumed, rich but not overly ripe. The South It was difficult not to notice the broad smiles and the joy after the 2016 vintage. Two magnificent vintages producing decent yields will certainly help the producer’s cash flow, especially after a few challenging vintages and the prospect of notably reduced volumes in 2017. The whites are rich, perfumed with enough freshness to carry the ripeness through. Many of them will evolve beautifully for several years, but of course, the ‘piece de resistance’ are the magnificent reds. Ripe, juicy, with just enough structure, elegant tannins and a good dose of freshness; I cannot remember having tasted so many great wines from a single vintage. The easiest ones are so appealing that I wanted to decant them into a bottle to drink the same day, despite knowing that they will last and improve for many years. Some wines are a touch more austere and will require 2 or 3 years cellaring, but for many of us the problem will be to resist the charm and appeal of these young wines. I will certainly buy as much as possible to enjoy over the next 10+ years.Christian Honorez, Director November 2017©adVINture 2020

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