La Gramière today only on Garagiste! Get your 2011 while you can!
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If you are running like a hound toward vinous enlightenment, this wine is all that you require in the file: The Essence of Hard Work (not to mention the essence of authenticity).
Any wine that introduces itself with “Welcome to our dream!” deserves a second and third nibble – La Gramière deserves even more.
The life and passion of Amy Lillard and Matt King, the couple is so immersed in their wine (plucked from an exceptional parcel near the famous Pont du Gard), the tariff we part with to experience a year of their toil (in bottle) seems trivial by any standard.
Is a year of your life worth $16.99?
I would think that answer is a resounding YES.
From winter work, to bud break to endless hours in the vineyard and eventually to harvest, crush and beyond, the perfume of Castillon du Gard comes to your door in the form of a green labeled Burgundy/Rhone shaped bottle that you can twirl, spin and stare at...but you should also open.
With nary an additive in sight (except for the addition of their entire landscape, ground into silt, pulverized and turned to liquid...with grapes of course), La Gramière continues to hone, mystify and perfect an act that they never intend to be perfect.
For Amy and Matt, La Gramière just is.
The 2011 version screams “Southern Rhone” with an elegance and purity of passion that leaves the massive alcohol and wood behind (two elements, in collusion, that have become the norm in CdP – by contrast, the 2011 La Gramière is 13.8-14.2% but it gives the impression of an even lighter percentage). A blend of Syrah and Grenache gown 100% naturally, hand-picked and vinified in cement (without any commercial yeasts, wood or other), my comment above regarding their landscape in a bottle is discernable from the first whiff and sip.
The purest and most playful La Gramière yet, the 2011 is like so many CdR and CdR Villages examples of the vintage – fantastic aromatics (of the fruit and of the land) meshed with a palate that asks for additional tastes and sips without tiring the taste buds or your patience. It is long on the palate and fresh on the back end – the taster is left with a smile instead of indecision. The 2011 is a southern wine you can drink at will - a certain joy will proceed to your lips and to any number of nights you wish to kick back your heels.
After the final drops of my bottle have been emptied (over 72 hours), the greatest compliment I can bestow upon this wine is that is exists without an agenda – it does not wish to play games or have you believe a famous consultant created it on a computer first, in the vineyard second. It tastes and smells the way southern wine did decades ago and it reminds me of a number of surprising finds that I stumbled upon while traipsing the back hills of France in the 1980’s (before luxury cuvees and the score chase became more important than what the elder statesman of the region had to say).
The 2011 La Gramière deserves more than a passing fancy – it deserves an extended stare and even a moment of semi-boastful reflection considering how high their standard has been raised in such a short time...
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This parcel is directly from the winery cellar with the finest provenance available.
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 36/person until we run out:
2011 La Gramière 750ml (Meridionale/Castillon du Gard) - $16.99
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