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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.

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2018
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2018 was atypical in many ways. This vintage required a constant presence from the vineyards to the cellar. After a mild Winter, the wet and rainy Spring gave way to a beautiful Summer, favoring a perfect growth of the grapes. September then ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be more than ideal for harvests with cool nights and warm & sunny days. The grapes were harvested for a total of 8 weeks at optimal maturity and under ideal climatic conditons. The result is an elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superbe balance.

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91  Jeb Dunnuck

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Crozes-Hermitage
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

Plots were selected on the two maine terroirs of the AOP:
- Mercurol in the south, with its ancient alluvial terraces of the Rhône River providing structure and fruit (100m of altitude - South/Southwest exposure) 
- "Les Baties" vineyard, at 200m in alt, farther North. Here the soil are granite based with sand mixed with kaolin, contributing with freshness and minerality.

Winemaking: 

Harvest started on September 11th 2018. Each parcel is vinified separately. Malolactic fermentation and maturation on lees in 275-liter Laurus new oak barrels during 15 months.
Bottled on 20th May 2020.
8 984 bottles, 127 magnums, 24 jeroboams and 6 mathusalems produced.
Vegan Friendly

Tasting notes: 

"A classy Syrah, the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Laurus offers a saturated purple color as well as impressive notes of blackberries, spice box, dried flowers, and earth, with even a touch of minerality. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, and balanced, it's a classic Crozes-Hermitage that will keep for 7-8 years, if not longer. " Jeb Dunnuck 12 december 12th 2019

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Best served at 14-16°C – Ideal when opened 4 hours beforehand.
Optimum maturity: 2020 – 2030
ABV : 13,5%
 
Duck breast with figs
Breased veal shank
Cheese

Age of vines & yield: 

30 and 40 years on average- 36hl/ha

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

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