This special Crozes has deep red/purple colour and aromas of ripe raspberry fruit, some blackcurrant too and peppery spice. It's rich and opulant in the mouth with good depth and concentration of fruit, reasonably soft tannins but enough dry grip to get more serious yet in bottle.
At the foot of the famous Hermitage hillside, the Cave de Tain l'Hermitage produces five appellation contrle wines, namely Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Cornas andSt-Pray. The Cave de Tain l'Hermitage owns a 21 hectare domaine within the Hermitage appellation and the winemaker, Xavier Frouin supervises ach stage of vinification, from grape reception, classified according to quality, right up to bottling.The objective of the Cave is to provide wine lovers around the world with authentic wines which bear the full character of their individual " terroir ", bringing out the best through careful and non-intrusive vinification methods. Wine making techniques are highly traditional and successive generations have contributed to the growth and development of the winery by producing grapes of a quality they are now known and admired for.
In the Vineyard
The vineyards lies on the left bank of the valley in the Northern Ctes du Rhne. The soil consists of fluvio-glacial alluvium, and is rocky, well-draining and warm, aiding the ripening of the grapes in the Summer. Grapes for this special cuve come 20 year old vines in an area called 'Les Saviaux' in the north of the 'Les Chassis' terrace. The grapes are picked from selected plots according to quality.
In the Winery
Grapes are hand selected at the Cave depending on origin, maturity and state of health - the grapes are categorised as either A, B or C, and incentives and assistance are offered to the growers to upgrade quality to A and B. Destemming followed by fermentation in vats for 8 -12 days at controlled temperature with pumping over twice a day to extract measured amount of tannins, colour and fruit. Gentle pressing in pneumatic presses, then 60% of the wine is aged for 12 months in 400 litre French oak barrels.