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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.

couleur
2019
Purity of fruit
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In the Northern Rhone Valley, the vintage is of exceptionnally high quality, showing both richness and freshness. Following a rather warm start to the spring, temperatures dropped and remained below seasonal averages until the beginning of summer. The vines then faced high temperatures in July and August. Thankfully, rain arrived at the beginning of the harvest, ensuring both quantity and quality for all of our appellations.
Rewards

90-92 pts    Jeb Dunnuck

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Crozes-Hermitage
Vintage
2019

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

Plots were selected on the two maine terroirs of the Crozes Hermitage 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 soils are granite based with sand mixed with kaolin, contributing freshness and minerality.

Winemaking: 

Harvest started on September 17th 2019. Each parcel is vinified separately. Malolactic fermentation and maturation on lees in new 275-liter Laurus French oak barrels during 15 months.
Bottled on June 2nd 2021.
6387 bottles, 198 magnums and 10 jeroboams produced.
ABV: 14%. Vegan Friendly

Tasting notes: 

"the 2019 Crozes-Hermitage Laurus gives up lots of dark fruits as well as notes of spice, violets, and underbrush. I love its purity of fruit, it's medium to full-bodied, and has outstanding length. Jeb Dunnuck, November 19th 2020

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Best served at 14-16°C – Ideal when opened 4 hours beforehand.
Optimum maturity: 2023 – 2030
 
Cream of chestnut soup
Lamb chops with rosemary

Age of vines & yield: 

30 to 40 years on average  - 31hl/ha

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

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