Crozes Hermitage - 2015 Domaine

This wine is the backbone of the Estate, and is built around the three main identities of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation: La Roche de Glun, Mercurol and Pont de l'Isère. From this spectrum of plots of Syrah, the wine reflects the identity of the vintage, in the true spirit of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation: fruit, brilliance, elegance... what else!

 

Vinification

For vinification, grapes are 100% destemmed, no yeasting.

The maceration phase lasts from 3 to 4 weeks. Very little cap punching used here; I prefer to use pumping over which is a gentler way to extract. Vinification temperatures are also measured: 20 to 28 °C maximum.

After devatting, the wine is placed in vats for 10 months. The wine does not come into contact with wood in order to keep fruitiness and balance intact.

TASTING

Colour: intense red with a purple hue.

Nose: pronounced aromas of black fruits, such as blackcurrant and blackberry. Spices, cloves and liquorice sticks. 

Palate: a rich, full palate built on fleshy, full-bodied tannins, offering a fresh and vibrant balance. A finish of notes of juicy, black fruit. 

PAIRING

Grilled rib steak with new potatoes, pan-roasted duck fillet with chanterelles sautéed in butter, dark chocolate tart with a blackcurrant cream centre. 

MATURING

May be enjoyed as of now or laid down for 5 to 10 years.

Many thanks to Christophe SANTOS, professor of wine waiting at the Hermitage Hotel School, and to his students.

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