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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

After a very cold winter and late spring, the flowering process ended in mid-June. Summer weather conditions were stable with plentiful subsoil water supplies, enabling the ripening process to be completed in the best of conditions. Harvest began exceptionally late on the 25th of September.


Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah


Plots were selected on the two maine terroirs of the AOP:
- to the North, in the village of Gervans, granitic soils (150m of altitude – West exposure) give the wine its mineral quality.
- to the South, in the village de Mercurol, clay soils covered with small pebbles (100m of altitude - South/Southwest exposure) give the wine its structure and fruitiness.


De-stemming and crushing. 3-weeks maceration at controlled temperature (28°C) with punch-downs, rack & return and pump-overs. Malolactic fermentation in 275-litre Laurus oak barrels (new and 2 year-old barrels). 17 months elevage.

Production: 6,950 bottles
Bottled on: 3rd June 2015

Tasting notes: 

Purple and dense robe. Intense nose with black olive notes and a touch of vanilla. Good tension on the palate with a nicely balanced structure. Tannins will refine over the time. (Oct. 2015)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18°C – Ideal when opened 4 hours beforehand.

Venison with juniper berries
Duck breast with cranberry sauce.

Optimum maturity: 2016-2020
ABV : 12,5%

Age of vines & yield: 

35 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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