My first introduction to Gramenon came after reading through US wine importer Kermit Lynch’s portfolio when I first took over the wine bar and wondering just how I would go about getting these wines in NZ. Years later, just this January in fact, I had the pleasure of meeting Michèle and visiting her winery in Montbrison-Sur-Lez, a far-North pocket of the Southern Rhône.
Domaine Gramenon was started by husband and wife Philippe and Michèle Laurent in the late 80s but after a tragic hunting accident in 1999 which killed Philippe, wife Michèle took the bull by the horns and carried on the legacy all by herself while raising a family of three. Nowadays she and her son Maxime François farm the 26 hectare clay and limestone property in Southern Rhône together, each making various cuvées together and separately. They employ innovative organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard but remain incredibly traditional in the cellar; gravity-fed cuves for fermentation, demi-muids and foudres for maturation, and no fining or filtration.
Annual production: 26 ha
Montbrison-Sur-Lez, Rhône, France