Terroir: Crozes-Hermitage is the largest vineyard amongst the northern appellations, producing both red and white wines. This Crozes-Hermitage white is made entirely from estate-grown grapes, like all the wines produced by the estate. It is made 100% of the Marsanne grape with vines averaging 30 years old. The soil is composed of alluvial deposit and small pebbles, typical of Crozes Hermitage. The pebbles capture the heat during the day and release it at night, which helps maturation of the grapes.
Vinification: Philippe and Vincent practice a sustainable farming, respecting the nature as much as possible. They received the HEV certification (sustainable certification) which guarantees high level of environmental performance. This certification was created as a contribution to the implementation of the agro-ecological project launched by the French Minister in December 2012. To improve complexity, they lower the yields to 35-40hl/ha, by practicing green harvest and planting vines closer to each other forcing the vines to compete against each other which naturally regulate the yields. The grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed and chilled for 24 to 48 hours in order to preserve the aromas of the fruit and spread out the work in the winery.
The fermentation occurs in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, in cold temperature, to extract more fruit. Maceration lasts three to four weeks, which is long. Both Pump-overs and punch-downs are performed. The goal is to extract color, aromas and tannins to express the terroir. It also requires longer ageing. The malolactic fermentation is stopped in order to keep the freshness. The wine is aged for 10 months in stainless steel tank (80%) and in 228-liter oak barrels (20%).
Gold color, expressing flavors of white flowers and a great freshness in the mouth. Also shows mineral notes. This wine can age two to five years.
Score: 89 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Joe Czerwinski
The 100% Marsanne 2016 Crozes Hermitage Blanc was made mostly in stainless steel but 20% spent time in used oak. It's barely noticeable but there is a toasty component to this medium-bodied wine as a result, along with fresh pear, stone fruit and melon flavors. Some peppery notes and a hint of tannin creep in on the finish.
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