Domaine Les Bruyères, Crozes Hermitage "Georges" 2017
Producer: Domaine Les Bruyères
Region: Crozes Hermitage, Rhone, France
Body: Medium Body
Vinification: Grapes are handpicked, sorted and fully destemmed. Fermentation lasts between 28 to 32 days and the cap is gently punched down a few times a day to increase color extraction and flavors. The juice is then gently pressed using pneumatic pressure. Ageing is done on fine lees for 12 months, 50% of the wine is aged in barrel (mix of young and old oak barrels) and 50% in concrete vats. No fining.
Vegan? : Yes
Domaine Les Bruyères began life in 1955, run then by Georges Reynaud, who planted 20 hectares of vines in Beaumont-Monteaux on a gentle slope by the banks of the Isère River. Before 2002, grapes grown at Domaine Les Bruyères had only one destination: the local co-operative winery.
It was only after his grandson, David Reynaud, took over the domain that things changed quickly. He was 28 at the time, and had constructed a new winemaking facility with the purpose of creating incredible wines made without the artificiality introduced so heavily in conventional winemaking. A new organic regime was introduced in 2003, and by 2005 the estate was certified biodynamic.
The domaine today spans 20 hectares, and its wines are world famous. The Wine Spectator gave the 2011 vintage a score of 91, the 2012 won gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards and the 2013 vintage was awarded the Cité Guide Hachette des Vins. It is one of the most popular wines of the region.
Expressive perfumed nose of Violet and well integrated fine tannins in a fantastic medium body. A fresh style easily enjoyable with or without food.