L'Elementaire Domaine Gramenon 2018
Domaine Gramenon gives us a red from 45-year-old vines, 75% Grenache and 25% Syrah, grown with biodynamic methods. The clay-sandy soil is rich in sand and pebbles. After a 15-day fermentation in cement tanks on partially de-stemmed bunches. It matures 8 months between barrels and cement. To taste immediately or in the next 6 years.
The estate, founded by Philippe Laurent in 1978, is located in Montbrison sur Lez, north of Orange, and is located within the Côtes du Rhône appellation.
At the helm of the Domaine is Michele Aubery-Laurent, who has continued the work of her husband, who died in tragic circumstances in the late 1990s.
Le Domaine has 26 hectares of property, planted mostly to Grenache, a grape that is excellently adapted to the soil and climatic conditions of the area, with small percentages of other traditional varieties: Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette and Viogner.
The terroir is characterized by the massive presence of limestone, accumulated over the years, and the presence of a clay part carried instead by the river system.
Gramenon has been working its vineyards under organic farming since the beginning, but it is since 2010 that the winery has also received DEMETER certification.
Even in the winery, the attention to the grapes and wines is maximum. In fact, interventions are minimal: fermentations are free and the use of sulfur can be modest or zero. The production process is aimed at making incredibly succulent wines, and the quest for concentration gives way to drinkability.