Maxim-François works with his mom at Domaine Gramenon and also produces two wines under his own label. Il Fait Soif is violet purple in color. Just the color of this wine makes an impression…and it only gets more interesting on the nose. Great aromatics — lots of sour cherry, pepper, wet leather and herbs. Candied fruit dominated by notes of cherry and raspberry, loaded with pepper and a smear of grape jam, some graphite and pencil shavings. Juicy, meaty and very approachable, perhaps a bit one dimensional, but a total Côtes du Quaffer. The meatiness and the peppered red fruit lead me to believe this is mostly Syrah and Grenache. This was a perfect pizza wine or great pairing for BBQ and grilled meats.
All of his wines are produced from organically farmed grapes. 14% alcohol. Imported by Kermit Lynch. This would get a stronger recommendation from me if it were in the $12-15 a bottle range, but I am still very pleased to have a couple more bottles put away — but at $15 there would be a case downstairs.
Domaine Gramenon Les Laurentides Côtes du Rhône 2007