Type: Crozes-Hermitage “La Petite Ruche”
Grape Variety Used: Syrah
Alcohol Level: 13%
Length/Type of Fermentation: Hand harvesting at peak maturity. Crozes Hermitage “La Petite Ruche” is vinified in cement vats with 2 daily treadings. Fermentation lasts from 10 to 12 days.
Length/Type of Aging: Maturing in vats. Bottling in the spring following harvest to preserve the natural fruits bouquet as much as possible.
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 comes 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.