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2019 Côtes-du-Rhône “La Papesse”

Domaine Gramenon

Gramenon's cuvées, a product of biodynamic farming and careful natural winemaking, demonstrate the purity and finesse old-vine Grenache can achieve from the southern Rhône's most exciting terroirs. La Papesse is crafted from sixty-year-old vines high on a rocky plateau in the commune of Vinsobres, where elevation and abundant limestone combine to give taut, high-toned wines with delicate floral aromas and stimulating mineral freshness. The domaine advises decanting young vintages, but in good years like 2019 this seductive red can be cellared for upwards of a decade.

Anthony Lynch

$59.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Grenache
Appellation: Côtes-du-Rhône
Country: France
Region: Southern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Gramenon
Winemaker: Michèle Aubèry-Laurent & Maxime François Laurent
Vineyard: 50-70 years
Soil: Clay, Limestone varied with gravel, galets roulés, and/or sand
Aging: Wine ages for 12 months in barriques
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Southern Rhône

map of Southern Rhône

The southern Rhône valley is Grenache country. It’s also known for its stones. With a viticulture history dating back well before the Popes arrived in the 12th century and one of France’s oldest appellations d'origine contrôlée, Châteauneuf-du-Pâpe, the southern Rhône is unquestionably one of France’s best known and premier winegrowing regions. The wines have the pedigree and age-worthiness of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but with a rustic, Mediterranean character. Like most wines from southern France, the reds, whites, and rosés are blends. Filling out the Grenache for the reds and rosés, you’ll often find Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The common white grape varieties are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne among others. From the alluvial riverbed stones found in Lirac, Tavel, and Châteauneuf to the limestone cliffs of the Dentelles de Montmirail that influence Beaumes-de-Venise (where you’ll find excellent Muscat), Vacqueyras, and Gigondas, great terroir abounds.

Kermit’s entrance in the region came in the mid 1970s on his first trip with Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters. On that trip, Richard introduced Kermit to the Brunier family of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. Soon after, Kermit began importing the Brunier’s wines—their Châteauneuf-du-Pape “La Crau” bottling remains a staple of our portfolio today. In the late 1990s Kermit teamed up with the Brunier family to purchase the famed Gigondas estate, Domaine Les Pallières. More than 40 years later, we now import wines from fifteen southern Rhône domaines spanning the entire area of the region.

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