2018 Laurent Fayolle Crozes-Hermitage ‘Hauterives’ Rouge

$31

Dry and fuller medium-bodied. Red velvet robe on this certified organic Syrah sourced from 40 year vines planted in the limestone of Chassis and granite soils of Crozes-Hermitage. The nose shows violets, jammy fruit, and plum followed by framboise and cassis on the palate. De-stemmed bunches, plus fermentation & aging in concrete, amplify subtle notes of stones, chewy tannins, earth, and plummy on a rich finish. Unfined and unfiltered – Sip Fine Wine

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Laurent Fayolle is the 6th generation to run this small family estate in the Northern Rhône village of Gervans. In 2002, when his father and uncle split up the family domaine amongst their children, Laurent took control of 7 hectares of prime heirloom parcels (many over 60 years old) in the granite hills located on the backside of the hill of Hermitage. The slopes found in this area around Gervans, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage are part of the original Crozes-Hermitage classification from 1937 (the southern sections of Les Chassis and Mercurol were added in 1952) due to their close resemblance to the noble hill that looms over them. Once at the helm, his first action was to convert everything to organic farming. Along with his light touch in the cellar (which includes a soft extraction and use of concrete and minimal new wood), he is able to take the incredible raw materials from the complex terroirs he farms (terraced granite and loess slopes, limestone, round river galets) and create wines of supreme elegance and refinement.

100% Syrah, certified organic and grown on 40+ year old vines on a steep, terraced parcel that sits over clay and limestone within a 3.5 ha single-vineyard on the backside of the Hermitage hill in the original Crozes village of Crozes-Hermitage. 60% from Les Chassis, and 40% from the original Crozes village of Crozes-Hermitage. De-stemmed, fermented and aged in concrete. Unfined and unfiltered.

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