Domaine des Louis

Roussanne & Marsanne Crozes Hermitage 2023

AOC Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône Valley, France

Blend: 75% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne | 12.5% ABV

£23.00

Crozes-Hermitage is the largest and one of the better known appellations in the northern Rhone of France, offering quality wines at an accessible price. Made by a charming one-man-band Julian, in hommage to his grandparents, this Roussanne/Marsanne blend lives up to its appellation and is a great lunchtime wine.

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Each grape brings its own unique qualities to this blend, with Marsanne providing body and delicate flavours of pear and spice, while Roussanne bringing elegance, aroma, dancing acidity and equally delicate crab apple and lemon-flower flavours, along with mineral notes.

Best served between 10-12°C. Try as an aperitif or partner with grilled fish such as pan-fried fillet of trout.

Julien Dreveton learnt the trade in Sur La Roche, and applied it in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, before reconverting his family's ancestral land to vines. Julien is a one man band, single-handedly pruning in spring to machine harvesting in Autumn, to winemaking, bottling and selling. In his own words, "My two great-grandfathers cultivated the vines in the early 1900s... Both were called "Louis". Today, it is by thinking of them of course that I cultivate my small plots of vines. By taking care of their land, as my grandfather and father did, by working it in a reasoned way, to pass it serenely on to future generations... All this family love, built around the land and vineyards, you will hopefully find it in my first cuvées of Crozes-Hermitage...".

The seventh generation on this land, Julien named the vineyard after his two great-grandfathers, both called Louis, who cultivated the vines in the early 1900s.

In 2016 Julien assumed his grandfather’s five and a half acre plot of apricot trees. The twenty-three year old quickly got to work cultivating his small plots of vines. His ethos of “taking care of their land, as my grandfather and father did, by working it in a reasoned way, to pass it serenely on to future generations...” is reflected in the quality of his first cuvées and that quality has already created a financially stable business (very impressive considering vines take five years before producing their first vintage!).

1* (Up & Coming)

Julien’s approach to sustainably viticulture is a pragmatic one, in the summer’s heat of Crozes-Hermitage, Julien has found organic viticulture helps maintain more acid in the grapes which translates to beautiful freshness in the glass. He turns the soil twice a year and will complete conversion to organic certification by 2024. Finding few organic challenges in the naturally disease resistant hot and windy appellation, he credits his grandfather's apricot trees for keeping the soil healthy and fertilised.

White | Still | 75cl | 12.5% ABV | Contains Sulphites

Production: 3800 bottles/year.

Cellaring: Drink now. Will drink well for around 3 years.

Vinification: pre-fermentation and cold fermentation in stainless steel. Aged in stainless steel vats (Marsanne) and demi-muids French oak (Roussanne) for 6 months.

  • Organic - Undergoing Conversion & Certification

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