Le Rouvre 2014

On the Chassis terraces, the former Rhône river bed has deposited a layer of river pebbles, marking the identity of the terroir and emblematic of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. My Syrah have been growing here happily for over 50 years. For Le Rouvre, I select plots where the grapes produce deep, perfectly velvety tannins, for a wine with a marked identity and optimal ageing qualities.

Vinification

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

The maceration phase lasts 4 weeks. Pumping over is preferred to cap punching, as it is a gentler extraction method. Vinification temperature never goes above 28°C.

After devatting, wine is barrelled immediately in demi-muids, where malolactic fermentation takes place. The barrels are mainly one or two wines old.

Wine is racked after 12 months, before spending 3 months in a vat prior to bottling.

TASTING

Colour: ruby red with a violet hue.

Nose: elegant and powerful, revealing a fine complexity of aromas: black cherry, blackcurrant, smoky notes and white pepper.

Palate: palate both structured and enveloping. Tannins are present and fleshy, revealing a delicious feast of fruits and spices. A very well-balanced wine with a long finish.

PAIRING

Young roast pigeon with chestnut stuffing, leg of lamb roasted with garlic and anchovies, rich, creamy cheeses (Chaource or Brie de Meaux). 

MATURING

May be enjoyed immediately. Best decanted. Cellar potential for 10 to 15 years.

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

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