Les Varonniers, Rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2017
The small 2.55 hectare block of Syrah planted here, on the west-facing mistral-stripped side of the Hermitage hill, could well be one of the sweetest anomalies in the wine world. Its soil types, much more like Hermitage than the more rolling and often flat plantings of the broad swath of the surrounding Crozes, give it a distinction much like that of Hermitage. This plot, known as Varognes historically and officially recognized as a “lieu-dit,” is blended with wine from old Syrah vines in the Les Meysonniers site in southern Crozes-Hermitage. Only 500 cases are produced annually of this cuvée, Les Varonniers, whose name results from the co
APPEARANCE: Very deep garnet red
NOSE:Black fruit jams, smoked with mineral overtones
PALATE: Smoky, peppered notes; tight tannins with a long persistency in the mouth
VARIETAL: 100% Syrah (We have chosen the oldest Crozes- Hermitage vines – more than 60 years old on average).
TERROIR: The granitic slopes are oriented South-East at the end of the Hermitage hill and on fluvial terraces on the “Chassis” plot.
VINIFICATION: Vinification is made in small concrete tank. Fermenting is long and lasts around one month to polymerize tannins. Only free-run juice is used.
Aging: This wine is entirely matured in old casks (with a percentage of new ones) from 14 to 18 months. According to the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30-60 years, indeed from 50-70 years.
Gastronomy: All meats (poultry, cooked pork) and all cheeses.