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This exceptional Crozes-Hermitage, made from a single plot of 30-year old Syrah vines, will not disappoint. Quite the opposite - this is quite a treat, as master sommeliers seem to agree, with this wine appearing in a dozen or so Michelin-Starred restaurants in France. A Collectivino exclusive, we're proud and excited to introduce this rare small-batch wine to the UK.
This wine has a deep ruby colour and a similarly deep nose, full of strawberry, red plum, bramble and rose petal with a cushion of cedar smoke. On the palate, hints of tomato leaf, smooth tannins, strawberry, plum, and fennel come through. A paragon of Julien’s techniques and ability to find ripe acid below this hot French sun. The palate is full of fruit that develops through the mouth and leaves a dried herbaceous finish.
Can seamlessly accompany an entire meal, especially duck and game.
About the vineyard & winemaker
The seventh generation on this land, Julien named the vineyard after his two great-grandfathers, both called Louis, who cultivated the vines in the early 1900s.
In 2016 Julien assumed his grandfather’s five and a half acre plot of apricot trees. The twenty-three year old quickly got to work cultivating his small plots of vines. His ethos of “taking care of their land, as my grandfather and father did, by working it in a reasoned way, to pass it serenely on to future generations...” is reflected in the quality of his first cuvées and that quality has already created a financially stable business (very impressive considering vines take five years before producing their first vintage!).
Having learnt the trade in Sur La Roche, and applied it in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Julien is a one man army, single-handedly pruning in spring and harvesting with a hired, high-end machine able to sort through and clean the grapes.
The final stretch of our dusty drive through Crozes-Hermitage to the vineyard was lined with fruit trees and wild ground cover, fantastic for bio-diversity, at the end of which we met Julien unloading a truck of this year’s bottles.
In his own words
"My two great-grandfathers cultivated the vines in the early 1900s... Both were called "Louis". Today, it is by thinking of them of course that I cultivate my small plots of vines. By taking care of their land, as my grandfather and father did, by working it in a reasoned way, to pass it serenely on to future generations... All this family love, built around the land and vineyards, you will hopefully find it in my first cuvées of Crozes-Hermitage..."
Sustainability rating: 1* (Up & Coming)
Julien’s approach to sustainably viticulture is a pragmatic one, in the summer’s heat of Crozes-Hermitage, Julien has found organic viticulture helps maintain more acid in the grapes which translates to beautiful freshness in the glass. He turns the soil twice a year and will complete conversion to organic certification by 2024. Finding few organic challenges in the naturally disease resistant hot and windy appellation, he credits his grandfather's apricot trees for keeping the soil healthy and fertilised.
The full low-down:
|Vineyard:||Domaine des Louis|
|Vinification:||Pyramid Concrete Tank|
|Ageing:||10 months oak barrels|
|Certifications:||Undergoing Organic Conversion|
|Lay-down potential:||8-10 years|
|Annual production:||2000 bottles|
|Awards & Accolade:||Listed in numerous Michelin Starred restaurants in France|
|Other Info:||Non-certified vegan (no animal products used in production)|
Domaine des Louis wines are listed at the following Michelin-starred restaurants: -
- Montelimar : Domaine du Colombier 1*
- Charmes-Sur-Rhône : Le Carré D’Alethius 1*
- St. Donat : Chartron 1*
- Granges-Les-Beaumont : Les Cèdres 2*
- Lyon : Têtedoie 2*
- Fuisse : L’O Des Vignes 1*
- Prenois : Auberge de la charme 1*
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We seek out winemakers who are as passionate about the environment as they are about wine quality. They go further to not only minimise impact but improve local biodiversity, and we pay them fairly for their work. These delicious wines won't leave a hangover for the planet.
Paying a small premium unlocks exceptional quality as more of the money goes into the wine vs. the taxes. We aim to bring you oustanding wines for the price you pay, for every ocassion. We don't think you'll be able to find many wines this good at a better price elsewhere.
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