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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.

Crozes Hermitage
couleur
2012
Solar & Expressive
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Winter was cold and dry. The water shortage was solved thanks to spring rains. Vigilance was at its peak throughout the vineyard in April and May due to significant variations in temperature and rainfall. August was marked by intense heat. The end of August and September brought a drop in temperature caused by the Mistral and rain. Harvest started on the September 14th.

Rewards
89   Wine Spectator
88   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
15/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve
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Crozes-Hermitage
Vintage
2012

Grape Varieties: 

  • 100% Syrah

Terroir: 

Plots selected on the two terroirs of the appellation:
- 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 crushing. 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 year-old barrels). 14 months elevage.

Production: 8,800 bottles
Bottled on: 24 June 2014

Tasting notes: 

Clear and glossy dark purple colour. Lush and generous nose of Indian spice, white pepper and black fruit. Palate is lively and fresh with exotic spice.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18°C – Ideal when opened 2 hours ahead.

Lamb Curry.
Salad Saint Jacques with peppers.

Optimum maturity: 2013-2019
ABV : 12,5%

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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