Maxime-François Laurent & Michèle Aubéry


Domaine Gramenon, Rhône

The first vintage to ever be bottled at the Domaine Gramenon was in 1990. Michèle and Philippe always cared about their vines with passion and conviction, in a very natural way. Established in the Rhône area, their estate is spread over 26 hectares. Since 1999, Michèle has worked the vineyards alone as Philippe tragically died in an accident, until her son Maxime-François Laurent came to join the estate and help. They are now farming both young and very old vines. Maxime-François has now begun to craft his own wines, on a 4 hectare parcel. He is currently bottling two cuvées  (Il fait soif and Rubiconde) at the estate under his  name. Above the implementation of organic farming, the family is also very involved in sustainability, growing their own food and raising their own animals. Bottling old-vine grapes without sulfur addition is risky but shows their will of highlighting the powerful aroma of their production by preserving its freshness.

"As purity remains the ever inaccessible and unrealistic target, we are just aiming at expressing the very best, without betraying the terroir and the grapes, while best adapting to the differences of the vintage." - The Laurents

Location

Southern Rhône

Appellations

Côtes-du-Rhône AOC, Vinsobres

Size

26 hectares + 4 hectares dedicated to Maxime-François Laurent

Soil

Clay, limestone, gravels

Varieties cultivated

Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Cinsault, Clairette

Age of vines

5 to 80 years old

Farming/Winemaking

Vines are organically and biodynamically farmed, natural fermentation, unfiltered, no added sulfur.

Certification

Demeter (2010)


Credit picture: Drink Rhone