Domaine des Martinelles Crozes-Hermitage 2017 - Rhone Valley, France

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Varietals: 100% Syrah

Dark red color with purplish reflections. A nose characterized by red fruits (blackcurrant, etc.). Supple, fresh, fruity and well-structured palate with a licorice finish.

Nadia and Pascal Fayolle are the third generation to manage their 21.5 hectare family property: 14ha in Crozes, 6ha in Hermitage and 2ha in St Joseph. 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. Around 40% of the production is estate-bottled, the rest is sold in bulk to many renown Northern Rhône negociants. The domaine is named after the common swift, that migrates through the Rhône corridor.

Farming practices: The Fayolles plow the soils in all of their vineyards and use no herbicides or chemicals. When needed, only 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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