2019 Maxime-François Laurent Ompiment

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Son of the legendary Michèle Aubery Laurent, Maxime-François, one of the couple’s three children, joined the estate in 2006 and has been integral in applying the tenets of biodynamic viticulture to the vineyard.

While only a few years ago it would have been fair to consider wines like this that are  bottled under his own name to be the second wines of Domaine Gramenon, but these days they are now truly the equal in quality (and unfortunately price). 

From the village of Visan, the 2019 Orpiment is 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah. It smells of flowers, cassis, rocks, hearth, licorice and garrigue but it also has the black olive thing that you expect from Northern Rhône Syrah. There is real concentration and depth here with a finish that is pure, long and refreshing.