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 and are entirely cultivated using organic practices. The slight slopes are south-facing and the vineyard soils are a blend of shingles and gravel.
This wine is a pale yellow color with bright green highlights. The aroma of quince, acacia, roasted almond and fresh ripe apple leads into a bold, balanced body with earthy flavors and a complex finish.
STYLE: Bold, Complex, Dry, Earthy, Medium-bodied, Rich
FLAVOR: Acacia, Almond, Quince, Roasted Almonds
Grape: 100% Marsanne
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
Length/Type of Fermentation: Hand harvesting at maturity. The entire gapes are pressed. The must is cold racked for 24 hours. Running water regulates the temperature. Fermentation takes place in vats.
Length/Type of Aging: From 7 to 8 months in vats, on lees.