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Geology : Gramenon lies on sandstone and shell-sandy soils, making a relief on this landscape of sandy safre. This sandstone bank comes from a molasse layer left by a former maritime coastline under the influence of tidal streams circa 12 million years ago.
Natural wine-making process :
Sorted manual picking.15 days maceration in raw concrete vats.Partially de-stemmed clusters.Fermentation with natural yeasts.Light addition of sulfite after malolactic fermentation depending on vintages.
Ageing : 6 months in vats.Bottling : After Easter.Short recommendation : Drink within 3 years.
About Gramenon from the Domaine:
The originality of the terroir in Gramenon comes from the limestone barrier (tidal system) formerly covered by the sea (86 million years ago).The pushing from the Alps mountains have made sandy layers left by tides arise, together with a significant presence of limestone, a 550 m wide plateau thus formed at a little altitude, whereas clays have been left by the river system.
The Vegetal Heritage:
Grenache is the most adapted grape variety to our latitudes and expresses here with elegance and freshness.This is demonstrated by the presence of many old vines parcels (aged from 50 to 120 years).The combined influence of the wines’ age (and deep rooting) together with the specific nature of soils confer our wines a special and unique profile.To maintain the outstanding quality of the vegetal heritage, each wine plant planted comes from the “massal” selection of the vineyard.
The Techniques in the Vineyard
The Vineyards have been cultivated since its creation in 1978 in a natural and organic way. Nevertheless, we felt we had to adopt Biodynamics techniques.The first climatic accidents of the 2000s impacted the old vines vitality, leading us to use biodynamic techniques and we have been awarded the DEMETER Certification in 2010.The revitalization of soils and the strengthening of the plant defense reactions immediately showed up and were quite persuasive.We noticed a new energy rising up from our parcels.We consider each piece of land to be specific and has its own identity.The increased vitality shown on the parcel actually reflects in the wines’ quality.Choosing the date of picking is certainly of crucial and decisive importance.The grape’s substantive quality may only express with true ripeness.The picking is exclusively manual and we do a careful selection.
Techniques in the Cellar:
No crushing tools are used (pomace pump, spiral screw).Grapes are put into concrete vats via a vibrating table and a conveying belt.We add very little sufites only after the malolactic fermentation if need be.Spring cuvées are aged in vats whereas old vines cuvées are matured in old barrets.As purity remains the ever inaccessible and unrealistic target, we are just aiming at expressing the very best, without betraying the terroir and the grapes, while best adapting to the differences of the vintage.
LouElla is Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and event space offering curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The business takes its name and mission from owner and proprietor Campbell Davis's Great Aunt LouElla who was much beloved for her warmth, hospitality, and generous spirit. Whether we are serving you at the bar or helping you pick that perfect bottle to host your celebration, our mission is to share LouElla's hospitality with the community.
Owner & Manager
For Cam Davis, LouElla is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Cam has successfully managed some of Durham’s finest locally and nationally recognized establishments, including Hutchin's Garage, Guglhupf, Rue Cler, and Durham Catering Company. He brings a wealth of wine and beverage knowledge, not only from his extensive restaurant experience, but also from his tenure as Durham Sales Manager for wine distributor Bordeaux, Fine and Rare.
316 West Geer St, Suite A, Durham, NC 27701
Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9pm
Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm
Sun. 11am - 8pm