Andrew Guard

2017 Côtes du Rhône ' La Rubiconde', Maxime François Laurent

This is produced from old vines Grenache from vines from two parcels; one is Gramenon's neighbour - the vines are 500m from Gramenon. The other is a parcel owned by Maxime's Uncle. The neighbour's vines are 40 years old and the Uncle's are 80 year old. Hand harvested then fermented using a portion of whole bunches in concrete 'cuve beton'. This wine was called 'Pourpre' until this release when he decided to change it to 'Rubiconde' - this reflects the fact that he feels that the wine is more red fruited than purple fruited!  As always it is very elegant with lovely grip and superb freshness. As with all Gramenon made wines the mouthfeel is superb with a lovely seamless quality. Glorious Grenache - pretty & floral - the epitome of Grenache's elegance! 

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.