Type: Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche Blanc
Grape Variety Used: 100% Marsanne
Alcohol Level: 13%
Length/Type of Fermentation: The must is cold racked for 24 hours.
Length/Type of Aging: Fermentation and aging of the wine take place in vats. The malolactic fermentation is stopped to give freshness to the wine.
The Crozes-Hermitage appellation was initially limited to the village and surrounding area of Crozes-Hermitage and originally designated thanks to the similarity of some of its wine to the Hermitage wines. This zone was long occupied by orchards and uncultivated land. It wasn’t until the extension of the appellation in 1952 that the vineyards were fully developed. Crozes-Hermitage wines are now well-known on their own merit.
The vineyards of Crozes-Hermitage surround the great Hermitage Hill. Sometimes called a “down-sized Hermitage,” La Petite Ruche is from young vines and is all freshness and easy enjoyment. “Petite Ruche” means “little beehive,” an appropriate name as the vineyards were formerly used for bee keeping.