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David Reynaud

Reynaud Crozes Hermitage Blanc `Aux Bêtises` 2014

Marsanne, Northern Rhone, Rhone Valley, France, 2014
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 When white Rhones are good they are simply spectacular. When I tasted this new organic and bio-dynamic release from David Reynaud it was immediately clear that it was no ordinary wine. If you bemoan the fact that Premier Cru Burgundy is dipping into the £40/£50 plus arena I implore you to snap up some of this at £25 a bottle. It really is back to the good old days!

The Crozes-Hermitage Blanc was made from grapes grown in David’s vineyards in Beaumont-Monteux. Soils here are a mix of clay and chalk, with a significant amount of pebble, allowing good drainage and avoiding water-logging in the wetter years. The vines are up to 15 years of age. The vineyards for this wine were officially certified organic and biodynamic from the 2010 vintage, but no artificial chemicals have been used since 2002. David works the fields by hand, de-budding and conducting a green harvest to ensure even ripeness and good aeration around the bunches of grapes. The harvest is also done by hand. Yields for this wine were an average of 38 hectolitres per hectare.

The grapes are sorted by hand and lowered into the winery by gravity to avoid damaging the precious Marsanne and Roussanne flavour compounds. After a strict sorting, the harvest is 100% destemmed, the grapes are gently pressed using very low pressure followed by a decanting before fermentation in stainless steel vats. Around two thirds fermented on lees for eight months in egg shaped 16 hectolitre cement tanks (pictured) to encourage pure, primary fruit aromas whilst the other third was aged in oak barrels.

The flavours are intense and I was experiencing levels of flavour you will find in the world’s big-hitting whites, Corton GC, the finest Loire whites from intense Chenins, the most remarkable Rhone whites and of course the new world’s greatest wines. There is certainly a core of tropical fruit and citrus but beyond that there was a scrap going on between the linear acid and mineral flavours as well as these delicious barley sugar and toffee aspects.

Will it age? Certainly. I would drink it now but there is no doubt that this will age for up to a decade if that honeyed old Rhone character is your thing. It’s a wine that wants to be served with rich pork dishes, heavily seasoned chicken dishes as well as many lighter game dishes. It would also, doubtless be incredible with some more intense seafood dishes.

Further Notes: David Reynaud’s vineyards are based in the highly regarded village of Beaumont-Monteux, to the south of the town of Tain l’Hermitage, and are farmed both organically and biodynamically. The intensity and length of David’s red Crozes Hermitage is astonishing, and his wines show the Syrah variety at its purest and most drinkable. David Reynaud’s family used to sell their grapes to the co-operative at Tain, but a wish to bottle his own production led David to establish his domaine in 2002. The original parcel of vines handed down to David by his family, from which his Crozes Hermitage ‘Georges Reynaud’ and ‘Les Croix’ are sourced, is certified organic and biodynamic. The 18 hectares of vines lie on chalky-clay terraces, with a significant quantity of pebble that allows good drainage. His white grapes are now on-line and causing a storm in France. David works the vineyard by hand - debudding and carrying out a green harvest to ensure even ripeness and to aerate the vines.

David Reynaud

To us these wines are nothing short of astonishing. The intensity and length of David’s Crozes Hermitage is astonishing, and his wines show the Syrah variety at its purest and most drinkable. David Reynaud’s family used to sell their grapes to the co-operative at Tain, but a wish to bottle his own production led David to establish his domaine in 2002. The original parcel of vines handed down to David by his family, from which his Crozes Hermitage ‘Georges Reynaud’ and ‘Les Croix’ are sourced, is certified organic and biodynamic. The 18 hectares of vines lie on chalky-clay terraces, with a significant quantity of pebble that allows good drainage. David works the vineyard by hand - debudding and carrying out a green harvest to ensure even ripeness and to aerate the vines.

Wine features
  • 0.75l volume
  • 14% ABV
  • Drink by 2020
  • Cork Closure
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Limited Availability
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