Largest Supplier in North Rhone

Crozes-Hermitage appellation or Crozes-Ermitage is located on an area of ​​14 square kilometers which extends to 11 communes of the Drôme around Crozes-Hermitage and Tain-l’Hermitage.

The Crozes-Hermitage appellation is the biggest in the northern Rhone. Its vineyards represent the volume of production (6,120,000 liters per year, averagely), the largest supplier in the north Côtes-du-Rhône in Southern France, and includes the prestigious enclave dedicated to the AOC Hermitage.

Warmth-Retaining Granite Bedrock

The Crozes-Hermitage appellation has a continental climate that differs from its southern neighbor, which has a more Mediterranean climate. Same as Saint-Joseph AOC, Winters are wet and with cold winds that can continue to the Spring. As for his sidekick, the warm and dry Mediterranean climate is enhanced by exposure to the sun-facing south. The mistral may be more harmful to vineyards that are generally less protected.

Simple, Classic Wines

The wines, red and white, from very diversified soils (granitic substrates, sandy deposits, or stony terraces, depending on whether we are on the hillsides in the north of the zone or on the alluvial plains further south) are consequently also very varied.

Those of the north are reds of character, closer to AOC Hermitages, structured, and a good guard. Those from the south are less powerful, fruity, and consume younger. Dry whites from Crozes-Hermitage are fresh and fruity, with citrus aromas, and can increase in fat, range, and aging potential if they are elaborated more traditionally, with malolactic fermentation. Syrah (red), Marsanne, and Roussanne (white) are the typical grape varieties.

The Crozes-Hermitage appellation was officially defined in 1937 and was expanded in 1952.

 


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A part of the important features of Crozes-Hermitage appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Granitic substrates, sandy deposits, or stony terraces.
  • Taste: Well balanced.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Fruity.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 10 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of the important features of Crozes-Hermitage appellation for dry white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: Granitic substrates, sandy deposits, or stony terraces.
  • Taste: Fine, supple, harmonious, round.
  • Wine color: Dry white.
  • Aromas: Fresh and fruity, with citrus aromas.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 4 years.
  • Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C

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Region Highlights

Surface: About 14 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Crozes-Hermitage
Grapes: Syrah for red wines and Marsanne and Roussanne for white wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine

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