Pleasantly nostalgic and earthy, distinct and wonderfully expressive. A bold character masterfully crafted.
Dense ruby in colour.
First impact of barnyard followed by intense aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and peppercorns with soft hints of chocolate.
On the palate it’s dry with medium-high acidity and bold tannins, berry flavours quickly checked by peppery spices.
A bold and young wine showing potential for longevity.
The balance of juicy berry flavours and spices makes this wine a perfect pair for red meat and game. Some examples: roasted lamb, barbecue ribs, filet mignon
Crozes-Hermitage is a French AOC found in the northern region of Rhône. It is one of the largest regions in northern Rhône and is generally viewed with less prestige than other neighbouring regions such as Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, which also makes the prices more approachable. This AOC surrounds the hill of Hermitage, with terraced vineyards, a rich soil with a mixture of granite and clay, and plenty of sun exposure. The wine is 100% Syrah, typical of the region. It is vinified and aged in cement vats, leading to a pure expression of the grape with no influence from oak barrels.
Michele Chapoutier’s motto is “fac & spera”, meaning “do and hope “. His philosophy revolves around less human intervention in order to let the soil live, thrive and speak through his wines. This can be seen not only in his choice of making single vineyard wines with a single varietal, but also in the organic and biodynamic farming methods he uses. While organic farming searches for alternatives to chemical products, biodynamic farming takes a much more 360 degree approach, encouraging vegetal diversity among many other practices. Upon switching to biodynamic farming in 1991, Chapoutier stated that he witnessed an explosion of life in his vineyards which led to much more expression of the soil in his wines and a longer length to the finish. His passion for the soil as a living and active element is what makes his wines truly unique, and I can honestly say it was the first wine where I actually smelled the earth as if it was right under my nose.
Click the link below to watch Chapoutier himself speak about his wines and his philosophy…