Domaine des Louis • Crozes-Hermitage • Top Quality Organic Wine – Collectivino

Julien's Blanc - Crozes-Hermitage

Organic Crozes Hermitage White Wine Domaine des Louis
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While one usually associates Crozes-Hermitage with reds, this Rhone Valley white lives up to its appellation, at an accessible price point. 

Tasting Notes

Each grape brings its own unique qualities to this blend, with Marsanne providing body and delicate flavours of pear and spice, while Roussanne bringing elegance, aroma, dancing acidity and equally delicate crab apple and lemon-flower flavours, along with mineral notes.

Food pairing

Try as an aperitif or partner with grilled fish such as pan-fried fillet of trout.

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
Winemaker: Julien Dreveton
Bottle name: R&M
Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage AOP
Colour: White
Vintage: 2021
Grapes: Marsanne (75% and Roussanne (25%)
Vinification: Stainless Steel
Ageing: Stainless Steel & Concrete Tanks
ABV: 12.50%
Certifications: Organic 
Closure: Plastic Cork
Service: 10-12°C
Lay-down potential: Up to 3 years
Annual production: 3800 bottles
Awards & Accolade: Listed in Michelin Starred restaurants in France
Other Info: Non-certified vegan (no animal products used in production)

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