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Laurus

Crozes-Hermitage

Appellation d'origine protégée

The Crozes-Hermitage Laurus is made of two complementary terroirs of the appellation : to the North, in the village of Gervans, granitic soils and, to the South, in the village of Mercurol, clay soils covered with small pebbles. This results in a very elegant wine.

Hermitage
couleur
2011
Elegant & Refined
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The early growth of plants due to the mild winter and warm spring dwindled during June, owing to cool and wet conditions. The high temperatures in August and September then enabled the grapes to mature satisfactorily. Grapes were healthy and of good quality.

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89   Wine Spectator
88   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
 
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Crozes-Hermitage
Vintage
2011

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

Plots selected on the two terroirs of the AOP*: (*protected appellation of origin)
- granitic soils on the communes of Gervans to the north give the wine its mineral quality.
- clay soils covered with small pebbles on the commune de Mercurol to the south give the wine its structure and fruitiness The vines face south/southwest, at an altitude of 100 to 200 m.

Winemaking: 

De-stemming and pressing. 20-day maceration at controlled temperature with punch-downs, rack & return and pump-overs. Part of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in 275-litre Laurus oak barrels (new and 2 wines). 12 months elevage.

Production: 7,500 bottles
Bottled on: 27/03/2013

Tasting notes: 

Clear and glossy dark purple colour. The nose includes aromas of red and black fruit, with mineral notes and hints of sweet pastries. A well-structured gourmet wine with a delicate and fresh finish (Feb. 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18°C – Ideal when opened 4 hours ahead 

Scrambled eggs with cep mushrooms
Pheasant à la forestière
Saddle of rabbit with truffles

Optimum maturity: 2013-2019

Age of vines & yield: 

32 years on average – 39 hl/ha

This is the largest northern AOP vineyard as it extends over 11 communes and 1.500ha.

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