In 1999, after the accidental death of Phillippe Laurent, Michele Aubery decided to to continue the work on her own and devote herself exclusively to the domaine and the vineyard. 2006 saw the arrival of Maxime Laurent, one of the 3 children who joined the family domaine working as a wine merchant at the same time. As a result, in 2007, the domaine purchased 5,5ha more, on the high flat lands between Valréas and Vinsobre. Currently Domaine Gramenon is 26 hectares located at rather elevated altitudes with soils composed of limestone and clay. In some vineyards you will also find some gravels and pebbles or even some sandy patches. The major grape variety of the domaine is Grenache which is 70% of the planted grape varieties with vines aged from 3 to 120 years old for “Cuvée Mémé” ! No compromise in the vineyard. In 2007 they turned to biodynamic practices with humus decoctions and home-made compost.
The wine were certified organic in 2010. Hand-picked grapes are severely sorted resulting in low yields. Here no additives whatsoever. Only a little or no sulphur during the maturing process and minimal doses at bottling. Some wines (A.Pascal S, or La Meme) will have no added SO2. At last the domaine does no filtering nor any fining. “Purity is the final aim of all that, it’s probably unattainable and utopian and yet we have set ourselves the goal of expressing the terroir, the grapes in the most faithful way constanstly adapting to the quirks of nature” says Michèle Aubéry.