Crozes Hermitage Rouge
100% Syrah from vineyards that lie at the foot of the south-west facing hills, in Gervans, north of Tain l’Hermitage. The vines average 20 year old and the soil is limestone, clay, sand and granite. The grapes are destemmed and given a 20 day fermentation and maceration period. During the first two weeks, twice daily pumping-over, decreasing to once daily during the last week, to avoid over-extraction. The wine is aged for 12 months in 2 to 6 year old 600 liters demi-muids, in the domaine’s deep cellars.
About the Producer
Nadia and Pascal Fayolle are the third generation to manage their 21.5 hectare family property. Their prized Hermitage vineyards are on ideal south-facing slopes with 30 to 40 year old vines. The Fayolles began estate-bottling their Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage wines with the 2003 vintage. Prior to that year, they were major suppliers to many renown Northern Rhône negociants.
Farming practices: Sustainable. Soils are plowed, no herbicides and no pesticides are used. The use of fungicides depends on the level of mildew and oidium, and only when absolutely necessary. When needed, organic fertilizer is used to restore soil’s balance. To enhance ripening, air circulation and the health of the fruit, the Fayolles green harvest and remove leaves. They harvest entirely by hand, sorting the grapes in the vineyard and again at the winery to remove any damaged or unripe fruit.
Hermitage is an AOC covering 130 hectares and is located on the only hill overlooking the town of Tain l’Hermitage, on the left bank of the Rhône river, in the Drôme region. Crozes-Hermitage is an AOC that covers 1,200 hectares stretching across the 11 villages that form the “canton” of Tain l’Hermitage.
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