Andrew Guard

2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan 'Orpiment', Maxime François Laurent

A stunning bottle of wine made from old vines Grenache (70%) and Syrah (30%). The first thing you notice is the glorious vibrant purple/crimson colour. Aromas of flowers, rocks, blackberry, licorice and garrigue waft out of the glass like perfume. It's got great proportion, like all wines from Gramenon it seduces and caresses the senses - precise, silky, sultry, very fine. The finish is pure, long and refreshing - my suggestion is to put a few of these away if you can to let time work it's magic.

Domaine Gramenon produces some of my absolute favourite wines from the Southern Rhône from their biodynamic vineyards way out in the North-Eastern part of the Cotes du Rhone, in fact they are in the department of the Drome, not the Vaucluse like nearly all others.

The quartier ‘Gramenon’ near the tiny hamlet of Montbrison sur Lez has become famous over the past 20 or so years because of the work of the Aubery’s in producing wines that have hallmarks of great finesse, grace, perfume and depth – not usually words one would use to describe Grenache from the Southern Rhône, but then these are certainly no ordinary wines..
Since 2005 she has been joined in the winery by son Maxime who produces two of his own eponymous wines at Gramenon that possess the same hallmarks but stylistically have a slightly deeper pitch.