Located near the village of Vinsobres towards the northern end of the Southern Rhône region, Domaine Gramenon is a little unusual in the sense that it manages to produce extremely high-end wines from vineyards that bear no more than the lowly appellation of Côtes du Rhône. They have an excellent range of distinctive, strong wines with dense, ripe fruit, which is often put down to the age of the vines and exceptional terroir. The minimal use of sulpher also allows the fruit to retain much of its flavour.
This fantastic red is excellent value and is perfect for early drinking. The fermentation process occurs without sulphur dioxide, and the wine is bottled unfiltered. The end result is a sweet, smooth, open nose which is both elegant and rounded. The palate is simultaneously juicy and smooth, and notes of pepper and rich meat compliment the ripeness of the fruit.