Grape: 100% Syrah
Localization: Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
Tasting Notes: The wine presents an aromatic bouquet typical of its grape variety. There are also touches of blackberry, pepper, venison, and flowers like violet. The palate is powerful and structured by a beautiful, tannic base. This is a wine with energy to spare.
Decanter, 92 pts
A perfumed nose of real finesse, with violet notes. A light to medium-bodied style, with lovely fine tannins and medium length, finishing dry, savoury and saline.
The Domain: Sitting in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, Domaine Les Bruyère is managed by the passionate David Reynaud. He presides over a total of 28 hectares of vines (he owns 20 and buys the grapes from 8) which he has converted to organic and biodynamic viticulture. Reynaud gives prominence to Syrah, the indigenous grape variety representing 87% of the total vine population, complemented by Merlot and Viognier. Yields are controlled to around 35 hectolitres per hectare, growing on terraces which present a mixture of limestone, clay and pebble. Wines are vinified and matured in an underground cellar. When the grapes come in, they are go into concrete vats for the reds and stainless steel vats for the whites.
The “Les Croix Vieilles Vignes” bottling is a limited release, 100% syrah from a plot of old vines planted over 60 years ago. After a slow native-yeast fermentation lasting about 30 days, this aged for 18 months in used barrels and concrete vats.