Chez Gramenon Grenache Vinegar


In a nutshell: A rare red wine vinegar made with organic wine harvested from 120 year-old Grenache grapes

This is a deliciously sappy and herby red wine vinegar using Domaine Gramenon La Mémé 100% Grenache grapes in the AOC Côtes du Rhône region, France. Michéle Aubéry and her son Maxime-François Laurent currently cultivate a total of 26 hectares of old vines in the French town of Montbrison. Domaine Gramenon La Mémé comes from two plots of centuries-old vines  planted  at an altitude of 350 metres and cultivated under Demeter biodynamic certification. The harvest is carried out manually when the grapes are perfectly ripe. After destemming, the grapes macerate for about 18 days. Fermentation takes place spontaneously with native yeasts and, then the wine ages in barrels for 12 months.

Details 500ml bottle; 6° acidity, no sulfites.

About La Guinelle
We are proud to be the sole UK distributor for La Guinelle vinegars. These amazing vinegars are made by Nathalie Lefort in her charming open air vinaigrerie In Cosprons, a hillside village near Port-Vendres, overlooking the rocky Cote Vermeille coast close to Spain. Nathalie bought the small house at the end of a dusty lane in 1999 and soon after decided to revive the lost art of making artisan vinegar outdoors. Her philosophy is simple - " You need good wine to make great vinegar and you let nature do the rest." She uses the famous fortified red Banyuls dessert wine from local vineyards for her core vinegars, plus she also makes some limited production single grape varietal vinegars. Everything is done outdoors "en plein air", using an organic double fermentation process where the wines and vinegars are exposed to natural airborne bacteria in oak barrels for up to 8 months before further ageing in glass demijohns that are shaded from the sun. Discovered by top French chefs, we hope they will also find a spot in your kitchen as a great ingredient to add to favourite recipes, enhance many sauces, gravies and as a finishing ingredient used in the same way as a good quality extra virgin olive oil drizzled onto a dish.

Every year, Nathalie and her team only make about 10,000 bottles including some really interesting, and unique, single varietal and 'flavoured' vinegars which we will always endeavour to buy and stock before they run out.