Southern Rhône Valley, France
"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
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 hectares 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.