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delas crozes-hermitage le clos 2015



The Crozes-Hermitage vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhone appellations. Syrah is the main varietal grown, with Marsanne or Roussanne making up no more than 15 percent. The Crozes-Hermitage "Le Clos"cuvee is a vineyard plot selection. The grapes come exclusively from the "Clos" vineyard on the choice plain area known as Chassis on the left bank of the Rhone. This wine is only made in the very best years and its production is deliberately limited to 7,000 bottles (750 ml) per year.

The soil varies from granite subsoils in the North to both fluvial-glacial alluviums and terraces of rolled riverbed stones, mixed with loess in the South. The climate has a southerly exposure in the hillside areas. The"Mistral" is the dominant wind. "Le Clos" grapes are harvested manually at optimum maturity. Fermentation is carried out in the traditional way in open-topped concrete tanks, following a two-day period of skin contact at low temperature. Fermentation follows at controlled temperatures from 82F to 86F (28C to 30C). Daily cap pushing down and pumping over is kept up for about 10 days,with a total maceration period up to 20 days. Maturation lasts for 14 to 16 months in oak barrels, which have already held wine for one to three years. These are regularly racked in order to provide the necessary oxygen to the tannins for an optimum maturing.

Tasting Notes
The Crozes-Hermitage "Le Clos" cuvee has a deep ruby red color, with garnet tinges. The nose shows aromas of stewed black fruit (cassis and blackberries). As it opens up, it reveals hints of leather and game. The palate is perfectly balanced, with a combination of suave delicacy and considerable volume. The finish is lifted by flavors of very ripe black cherries.

Food Pairing
This wine pairs well with waterfowl, mixed grills and marinated beef or chicken.

"This pretty wine sports a pure, enticing beam of cassis and crushed plum fruit flavors. Silky but persistent, dense but defined, ending with violet, iron and anise accents on the finish."- 94 points, Wine Spectator, October 2017

750ml bottle
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