2019 Domaine Gramenon Côtes-du-Rhône “La Sagesse”
100% Grenache from 50-70 year-old vines. Grapes are partially de-stemmed. Grapes macerate for 15 days in cement tank. Wine ages for 12 months in barrique.
Tasting Notes: Potent, mineral-laced red berry liqueur and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of peppery spices and garrigue. Lively and alluringly sweet, offering juicy black raspberry and lavender pastille flavors that become deeper with air while maintaining vivacity. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on an impressively long, penetrating finish, which leaves behind suave spicecake and kirsch notes.
Winery Notes: Over the years and since her husband died tragically in a car crsh, Michèle Aubèry-Laurent has discovered her own creative voice; in so doing she has catapulted Domaine Gramenon into cult wine status. Today, she works twenty-six hectares with her talented son, Maxime François (a rising star in his own right), farming both young and very old vines alike. They employ organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards.
93 points, James Suckling. "Sweet berries, flowers and hints of orange peel. Medium body, creamy and fine tannins and a juicy, fine-tannined finish. A little chewy, but nicely done. From biodynamically grown grapes. Demeter certification. Drink now."