"Maxime Graillot and Thomas Schmittel produce craft, well-focused wines with a maximum of varietal and terroir expressions.
The soils in the Rhone Valley are the result of a geological collision between the Massif Central and the Alps, creating the valley. This region can be split into two sub-regions, Northern and Southern Rhône. The granitic rocks of Northern Rhône are the consequences of volcanic activity in the Massif Central three hundred million years ago. From Vienne to Valence, granite soils and very narrow steep slopes over are making ideal the cultivation of Syrah on terraced vineyards, bordered by walls that retain the earth.
A Passionate Lineage
Domaine des Lises is located in Beaumont Monteux, on the appellation Crozes-Hermitage. Purchased in 2003 by Maxime Graillot, substantive work has been done on poor lands and over a vineyards in poor condition to bring it back to life. Everything had to be done up: plowing, pruning, planting, and working of an environmentally friendly manner without use of any chemicals. Maxime is meticulous in his work and lead the project till the end. Domaine des Lises appeared on the scene with the fabulous 2004 vintage and immediately gained recognition.