M. Chapoutier / 2018 Croze-Hermitage "Les Meysonniers".

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M. Chapoutier / 2018 Croze-Hermitage "Les Meysonniers

COUNTRY/REGION: France/Rhone Valley.

GRAPES: 100% syrah.

ABY: 14%

'Les Meysonniers' is a wine with fleshy tannins and loads of floral and black fruit notes, as well as elegance.

VINEYARDS: From gently sloping, south-facing hillsides, composed of Isère river sedimentary soils and large, round pebbles.

VINTAGE: Who would have predicted that this 2018 vintage would cause such joy and rank among the remarkable Rhône Valley vintages that have come one after another since 2015? A vintage that we had to react fast in order to cope with the soaring temperatures, but one that delivered great age-worthy wines with good acidity level and silky tannins. The works in the cellar also needed to be adjusted to avoid over-extraction and to keep the balance. Indeed, 2018 will surprise by its individuality after an incredible wine growing year.

WINEMAKING: Our Crozes-Hermitage is vinified traditionally with punching down and pumping over taking place in concrete tanks. This wine is made from organically grown grapes. The exclusion of all chemical products (in particular herbicides), and the ploughing of the vineyards, enables the vine to plunge its root system deep down into the heart of the soil. Deeper root systems make the vine’s physiological behaviour more even, and provide better resistance to sudden changes in temperature.