Little valued by the large cooperative cellars which favoured quantity over quality, the wines of the southern Côtes-du-Rhône have long enjoyed little consideration. It was not until the 1980s and 1990s that a handful of independent winegrowers – such as Philippe Laurent and Michèle Aubéry-Laurent at Domaine Gramenon – embarked on a path of high standards, both in the work of the vines and in winemaking. , thus giving meaning to the different terroirs of this vast vineyard.
Created in 1978 in Montbrison-sur-Lez, in the Drôme Provençale, by Philippe Laurent (who died in 1999) and Michèle Aubéry-Laurent, Domaine Gramenon, a true pioneer in the context of southern Côtes-du-Rhône, has from the outset made the choice of viticulture without chemical treatments and vinification without oenological inputs (except possibly a minimum dose of added sulphur), in the same philosophy as that developed by Jules Chauvet and Marcel Lapierre in Beaujolais. From 12 hectares in the beginning - with a large proportion of old vines -, the vineyard has gradually increased to 26 hectares, with in particular plots in Vinsobres (1999), then in Valréas (2007) upon the arrival of Michèle's son, Maxime-François (who also carries out a small trading activity). At the same time, organic farming evolved in the 2000s towards biodynamics. Mainly planted with Grenache and Syrah, on clay-limestone soils overall, the vines offer a remarkable range of natural wines with varied expressions nuanced by the uniqueness of each micro-terroir: a perfect and now fully recognized image of the richness of the Rhone Valley.
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