Cotes du Rhone, 2020. Domaine des Gravennes

Cotes du Rhone, 2020. Domaine des Gravennes

Item #: U0622R2
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Cotes Du Rhone, France
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Berry, Spice
Palate: Cranberry
Finish: Imposing
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Red Meats, Game/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The first vines of Gravennes were planted by Alphonse Pradelle over 100 years ago. Some 40 years later, his son, Raphael, took over the estate with his wife, Marie-Louise. At the time they were practicing organic farming, but the term hadn't become famous yet. They have been practicing biodynamics for 10 years.

Today, the estate is in the hands of Raphael's daughter, Bernadette, and her husband, Jean. Upon their arrival in 1996, they invested heavily in upgrading the winery and vineyards to the point that it is presently one of the jewels of the Rhone Valley. Bernadette was joined by her two brothers, Luc and Remi, in 2011 making Gravennes a family run estate once again.

The name translates to "stony place" and refers to rocks in the vineyard which are very important for drainage. They also retain the day's heat at night as evenings can get quite chilly here. Their 50 acre vineyard is 100% hand harvested. They don't even use tractors to till the soil, keeping the vines as insulated as possible from any interference in their ability to produce premium grapes.

Our selection is a classic blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine spends 12 months is large oak barrels of which 10% are new. This gives the wine a kiss of oak, not a blast. The result is a harmonious blend of ripe blackberry, cranberry, spice, and vanilla, which hold on to your palate begging for more. A classic roast pig would be perfect.