Croze Hermitage & Saint Joseph
Northern Rhone Wines
Owned by Olivier and Maryline Dumaine, whose family has continuously grown grape at their estate since 1650. Located in the village of Larnage in Crozes – Hermitage , their philosophy is “Quality is better than quantity.”
Hand harvested with rigorous sorting in mid September, carried immediately to winery to be destemmed, vatted and cooled for aromatic freshness . All native yeast fermentation, in cement vats for whites, and stainless for reds before maturation in neutral oak, using no new oak. All vineyards are hand – farmed without pesticides or herbicides on sloping granite hills.
This 100% old-vine Marsanne has strong aromas of white fruit and flowers, yellow stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle and minerality with superbly lush texture, full-bodied richness, bright acidity and terrific length. Grown near ancient castle ruins on a cooler climate and steep 25% slope, these 50+ year old vines are tighty spaced for tiny yields and grown vertically aside a single post without trelissing or linkage to other vines. After destemming and a gentle 4 hour press, the wine is indiginous-yeast fermented in cool stainless steel before maturing for 6 months in old neutral oak White Hermitage barrels, using no new oak. 250 to 400 cases per year, with only 30 cases annuallly to the entire United States! A very special wine with body similar to White Burgundy.
Saint Joseph 2016 (100% Serine Clone of Syrah) Lutte Raisonée Farming NEW 2015 Vintage
Vines up to 50 years old grow on dangerously steep-sloped, west-facing granite parcels in the two villages of Tournon and St. Jean-de-Muzols. The Serine Clone of Syrah is local to this region, dates back to ancient times, and offers enhanced perfume and aromatics, from more open clusters and oval-shaped grapes. The winery maintains its own nursery to preserve and propegate this unique local clone. The Olivier Dumaine ridgetop parcels are in the small original St. Josheph appellation classified in 1334, athough the classification area has since been expanded in the last century. The vines are individually vertically trained, are not interconnected with trelissing, and stand each one alone alongside a wood post which supports the protective bird-netting that preserves the miniscule 3⁄4 tons/acre yields. The Syrah is hand-harvested, 100% destemmed, fermented with native yeast in cool concrete vats (no oak), racked twice and matured in old neutral oak for 10 months before bottling unfiltered. Beautifully pure and textured, with blackberry and violet flavors, supported by juicy acidity and minerality. 250 case production.