Domaine Jerome Gradassi

2019 Jerome Gradassi Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge

Rhone, France
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A dry, savory wine, full of juicy dark fruit, garrigue, and spice notes. Pair with game, red meat, or burgers on the grill.


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Domaine Jerome Gradassi

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhône, France

Jérôme Gradassi could have rested on the laurels of his Michelin starred Avignon restaurant, L'Isle Sonnante. Instead, in 2004, he took over five hectares of old Grenache vines once owned by his grandfather in the Châteauneuvois vineyard and taught himself to make wine. His cellar process is meticulous: whole bunches are put into underground concrete tanks and slowly fermented without the addition of yeast, acid, or sugar, and with very little sulfur. The cellar is so small and the fermentation tanks so old that there are no openings other than the tanks' tops. Hence after four weeks, Gradassi removes the fermented juice and macerated berries by hand with a bucket and a rope – a painstaking process that can take up to a week. The must is then pressed and transferred into older barrels (4 to 10 years) and aged for ten months without racking. Purely out of necessity, Gradassi's straightforward approach is achieved entirely by hand and gravity, without using technology or modern oenological techniques. The smallest producer in the appellation, Jérôme, is already making waves with superb wines that are a gentle reminder of Châteauneufdu- Pape from a bygone era. The wines are completely dry and savory,
with high tones that balance their full-bodied structure. They are neither explosive nor extracted but rather unique in their elegance, depth, and ability to pair with food. These attributes, coupled with the wines' exceptional value, are all too rare in the appellation today.

Viticulture & VInification

Founded in 1930, it is a small estate of 5ha that is divided into six parcels including the lieu-dits of Palastor, Bois Dauphin, and Cabriere, in Orange. The northernly situation and cooler climate allows for more elegant and aromatic wines, and is less prone to draught. No fertilizers, pesticides or weed killers are used. 400 feet elevation. 

  • Whole bunch fermentation in cement tanks using indigenous yeasts.
  • Macerated for 4 weeks using manual punchdowns.
  • Fermented 100% dry.
  • Aged for 10 months in used barrels, between 4-10 years old.