Meet the Winemaker

THE VINEYARD

The vines have been planted between 1964 and 1974. We have undertaken an important restructuring of the vineyard in 1992. The average age of the vines is 35 years old. The yields are on the order of 40hl / ha. Today, we at Grangeneuve, have the following varietals: For the reds: 45% Syrah, 45% Grenache, 8% Cinsault and 2% Mourvedre. For the whites: 60% Viognier and 40% Marsanne, Roussane and Grenache Blanc together. The varietals of the northern Rhone appellations are very well represented at the domain with the Syrah, the Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane. Our terroir, located at the very north of the southern Rhone appellations (Rhone méridionale), allows us to cultivate these varietals with success, featuring a freshness and elegance alike. This is the originality of Grangeneuve: a bridge between the north and the south of the Rhone Valley, with a terroir that allows for elegant, refined, harmonious, supple and expressive wines.

THE AOC GRIGNAN LES ADHEMAR

The geographic location of our AOC is paramount to “understand” its wines. We are located at the northernmost part of the AOC, the northernmost part of the Southern Rhone. The climate, already Mediterranean, is however less extreme than in neighboring Côtes du Rhône Villages.Being in the north of the AOC with some elevation, we will have less overexposure to extreme heat and sun, therefore more balanced and more supple wines, with a nice freshness. This particular situation allows the fine varietals of the northern Rhone Valley, to blossom in our terroir with elegance and without being denatured by overly high temperatures. The terroir of our AOC is actually more of a mosaic of terroirs, enabling the development of a complete palette of wines with somewhat different personalities but that hold onto a common style based on the climate and the varietals. Harmony and balance well characterize our wines. The AOC Grignan-Les-Adhemar produces approximately 70% reds, 20% rosé and 10% whites. Syrah and Grenache are the major red varietals: Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvedre and Marselan complete the range of possibilities. For whites, the AOC has over 50% Viognier followed by Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussane, Clairette and Bourboulenc. The annual production of the AOC is 60,000hls, equal to 8 million bottles. The other major advantage of this AOC is a landscape of wooded hills, small rivers winding through the hills and the mosaic of colors composed by vineyards, lavender and oak trees. Grignan really merits a visit!