winemaker Maxime-François Laurent (Michèle Aubéry, his mother, has retired!)
Region: Rhone Valley
City: Montbrison sur Lez
Grape varieties : 70% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% with viognier, clairette and cinsault
Surface Winery : 26 ha
Certification: organic and biodynamic demeter certified
Gramenon : from Michèle Aubéry to Maxime-François Laurent
Purity being the always unattainable and utopian goal of history, we strive to express the terroir and the grapes as closely as possible, while avoiding betraying them, by adapting ourselves as best we can to the effects of the vintage," explains Michèle Aubéry.
At Winery Gramenon, in Montbrison sur Lez, south-east of Montélimar, biodynamic farming has been practised since 2007, with preparations and humus composted by Winery. AB certification was granted in 2010. The cultivation of the vines is conducted without concession. The manual harvest is sorted severely for small yields. No additives are added here. Little or no sulphur is used during the maturing process, and a small amount of sulphur may be added during bottling. Some cuvées ('A Pascal S.' or 'La Mémé') receive no added S02. Finally, Winerydoes not filter or fining. In 1999, after the accidental death of Philippe Laurent, Michèle Aubéry chose to continue the work alone to devote herself solely to Wineryand her vines.
The arrival of Maxime-François Laurent
2006 saw the arrival of Maxime Laurent, one of the three children who became involved not only in the family Winery but also in a small wine merchant business. As a result, in 2007, the Winery acquires an additional 5.5 ha on the high plateau between Valréas and Vinsobre. Today, Michèle has retired and Maxime-François has taken over the whole of Gramenon.
The specifics of WineryGramenon
Currently, Winery Gramenon has 26 hectares under cultivation at fairly high altitudes with soils composed of clay and limestone. Depending on the parcels, there are gravels, pebbles and sand. The Grape varietyking of Wineryis Grenache. It alone represents 70% of theGrape varietiesof Winerywith vines ranging from 3 to 120 years old for the famous "Mémé" vintage!