Etienne Becheras 2015 Crozes-Hermitage AOC
Item Number: 11669
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Crozes-Hermitage AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Loess with glacofluvial alluviums
Case Production: 500
Winemaking Notes: This Crozes-Hermitage is produced from vines situated on a steep hillside vineyard, facing south-southwest, overlooking the village of Mercurol. It is a relatively recent acquisition by Bécheras (2006). The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and fermented for about three weeks. The élevage is in demi-muids (400 to 600 liters). The wine is bottled after 18 months and is neither fined nor filtered. Annual production averages 1,200 bottles.
Tasting Notes: This Crozes-Hermitage offers plenty of peppery spice and pretty, small berry fruits in a medium-bodied, elegant, silky and lightly textured style.
About St-Joseph: St-Joseph is one of the Syrah strongholds of Northern Rhone (though it may include up to 10% Marsanne or Roussanne in the AOC blend). This large region is made up of more than 2,400 acres of vines and hugs the west bank of the Rhone River in a narrow band. Much of the wine is grown from old, terraced vineyards around the town of Tournon, just across the river from Hermitage. Thanks to east-facing vineyards that provide less sun and the influence of cool winds, the style of wine can vary from light and friendly to brooding and serious.
Featured in The New York Times' article " St.-Joseph: The Next Best Wine in the Northern Rhône "