Domaine Jerome Gradassi
Jerome Gradassi started his career as a chef where he gained the Michelin-star status with his last restaurant, L’Ile Sonnante, in Avignon. In 2003, he decided to sell his restaurant to take over the family estate started by his great grand-father in 1930; 12 beautiful acres in Chateauneuf-du-Pape planted with about 75% Grenache and 25% Mourvedre. His property is divided into 6 parcels located in the Lieut-dit of Palastor, Bois Dauphin, and Cabriere, all north of the villages, depending on the commune of Orange. These parcels have a much cooler climate which can resist serious drought and traditionally produce elegant and very aromatic wines, rather than powerful and extracted. Farming is fully organic with absolutely no use of pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals. Jerome works the vineyards traditionally, and harvests are done by hand. Grapes are vinified in full clusters, in concrete tanks carved into the rock which maintains an optimum temperature naturally. At 50 years old Jerome is looking at many more years of living and sharing his passion, great wines.
Wines from Domaine Jerome Gradassi
Domaine Jerome Gradassi Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge
Blend: 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre
Aging: 10 months in neutral French oak barrels (4 to 10 years old)
Opaque ruby. Aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, along with hints of licorice and woodsmoke. Broad, palate-coating cassis and bitter cherry flavors are enlivened by subtle floral and spice nuances. Rich yet lively wine, with strong closing punch, supple tannins and lingering smokiness.
Domaine Jerome Gradassi Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Blend: 100% Clairette Rose
Aging: 10 months in stainless steel tank
Only 420 bottles made. Aromas of ripe and round white fruits, fennel, quince, mandarin and almond paste. On the palate, this wine is round and mineral, rich, with persisting notes from the aromas and a long finish. A complex and delicious wine to enjoy over the next 8 years.
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