Crozes-Hermitage: Domaine des Lises Blanc 2021
A rare sighting of the white Crozes-Hermitage from Domaine des Lises. Only 1,000 bottles of this Marsanne - Roussanne blend are produced annually, from just half a hectare of vines.
The Equis team – Max and Antoine Graillot plus their partner Thomas Schmittel – planted these vines in 2009 on a steep slope at Mercurol in the north of the appellation. These are densely-planted at 10,000 plants per hectare, and low yielding - just 15 hl/ha.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Marsanne, Roussanne|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Salads, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2023 to 2025.|
|Vinification||Fermented then raised in 600L (67% new oak) demi-muids and 300L pieces for nine months, then three months in stainless steel prior to bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||12.5|
Maxime Graillot (who was born in 1977) has followed in his father Alain's footsteps, and after studying at the Dijon Wine School he struck out on his own in 2004 working 6.5 hectares of vines on a site called 'Les Pichères' close to his father's estate on the Chassis plateau in Crozes Hermitage. Maxime produces a light, forward drinking Spring-bottling of red Crozes Hermitage called 'Equinoxe' as well as a denser, more senior wine under his Domaine des Lises label.
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