The Grignan-Les Adhemar AOC (previously Coteaux de Tricastin) is the northernmost wine-growing AOC in the southern area of the Rhone wine region of France. The wines are produced in 21 communes in the department of Drome on the east bank of the Rhône River in a triangle bounded by Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateau , Montelimar, and Grignan; opposite the Cotes du Vivarais AOC on the right bank.
The Domaine in its current form was created in 1994 by the youthful and intense Jerome Roux, following in the footsteps of two preceding generations of winemakers, who were also heavily involved in the production of fruit. Jerome was joined by his cousin Vincent shortly after finishing his wine studies. Since then they have not looked back. By 2003 they were receiving regular plaudits for their wines and creating some 250 hectoliters of wine per year. The Rouxs have been at the forefront of increasing the quality image of the appellation.
Since 2008 the Rouxs have emphasized their commitment to their soil and the creation of the most pure wines by becoming organic. Their organic flagship wine The Secret de Syrah, is 100% Syrah from 30 year old vines, planted on stony argilo/limestone soil in a hilly area where the fresher nights allow the development of less alcoholic, fresher wines . This cuvee is a regular recipient of Gold medals up and down France. Partially manually harvested, the rigorously selected older vine Syrah undergoes cold soaking prior to fermentation. The ageing is in oak barrels (none new) of up to 3 years old for 12 months, rounding off the tannins perfectly, without marking with oak flavor. The resultant wine displays deep purple color, with rich, ripe spicy nose, with essence of dark fruit flavors, cassis, and mocha notes and a finale of intensity and complexity that is unlikely to be matched in other Syrah based wines at this level!