Domaine Gramenon Poignée de Raisins Côtes du Rhône 2021
The domaine’s organic approach to viticulture and nonintervention in the cellar may strike some as rebellious, yet the Gramenons humbly point out that “thirty years ago, we called that ‘working normally’!”
In a landscape dominated by mass-market, technological Côtes-du-Rhône, however, these wines are anything but normal. Hand-harvesting, native yeast fermentations, élevage without any new oak, and negligible doses of sulfur are just a few of the factors that make Gramenon’s wines alive, expressive, and difficult to stop drinking.
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Gramenon
Winemaker: Michèle Aubèry-Laurent & Maxime François Laurent
Vineyard: 4-30 Years
Soil: Clay, Limestone varied with gravel, galets roulés, and/or sand
Aging: Grapes macerate for 15 days in cement cuve, Wine ages for 12 months in barriques
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Natural Winemaking: Manual harvest sorted, maceration for 15 days in raw cement vats, partially destemmed harvest, fermentation in indigenous yeasts.
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