Crozes-Hermitage: Héritiers Cheron-Misset 'La Grand Comtadine' 2018
A traditional, mid-weight Crozes-Hermitage from Yves Chéron (Pascal Frères), newly labelled as 'La Grand Comtadine' (a reference to the property bought by Yves' father in the 1960s near Vacqueyras). With classic Syrah farmyard and saddle leather aromas preceding a palate of juicy red berry fruit offset by firm, well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity, this can't fail to please when matched with a good steak or confit duck.
Crozes Hermitage is the northern Rhône's largest appellation, often producing up to eight times as much wine as nearby Hermitage. La Grand Comtadine property dates from the 1920s and originally had 2 hectares of vineyards. Bought in the 1960s by Burgundy native Denis Chéron (Yves's father) who recognised the potential of Vacqueyras and expanded the business to make wines from parcels of grapes grown across the Rhône.
This parcel of Crozes' comes from mature vines (averaging 35 years-old) grown on red clay and 'cailloutis roulés' (rounded pebbles) soils. Its cold maceration gives wonderfully bright, crunchy red fruit aromas with balanced tannins and acidity set against a core of concentrated fruit. Full of finesse and with a lengthy smooth finish.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Chicken and Turkey, Duck|
|Cellarage||This relatively youthful Crozes Hermitage wine comes into its own after 2 to 3 years bottle age and will age happily for a further 2 to 3 years thereafter.|
|Vinification||Syrah grapes are picked by hand via a triage sorting process. The fruit is destemmed before cold soaking for 5 days followed by a 20-day warm temperature-controlled fermentation using indigenous yeasts, before extended maturation in tank and barrel.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
We had been aware for many years that our goodfriends the Chérons originally hailed from Burgundy, where they retain significant vine holdings. As a younger sibling, Yves Chéron had moved to Gigondas to ply his trade, producing a range of excellent Southern Rhône reds (several of which are bottled under the popular Pascal Frères label) that have become staples of our range. Recently, Yves assumed responsibility for the 4 hectares of Côtes de Nuits vines that were bought in the 1930s by his grandfather Paul Misset and which, impressively, include 2 hectares of the 50 hectare walled Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de Vougeot.
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