2015 Maxime - Francois Laurent Orpiment
Domaine Gramenon was started by husband and wife Philippe and Michèle Laurent in the late 80s but after a tragic accident in 1999 which killed Philippe, wife Michèle took the bull by the horns and carried on the legacy. Nowadays she and her son Maxime François farm the 26 hectare clay and limestone property in Southern Rhône together, each making various cuvées together and separately. They employ innovative organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyard but remain incredibly traditional in the cellar; gravity-fed cuves for fermentation, demi-muids and foudres for maturation, no fining or filtration. Orpiment is a Côtes du Rhône Rouge made solely by son Maxime François from 60 year old Grenache and 35 year old Syrah. 12 bottles released in New Zealand.