2015 David Reynaud 'Cuvee Beaumont' Crozes Hermitage, France

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Domaine des Bruyeres extends to 38.33 hectares under vine in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, most of which is planted to Syrah with tiny amounts to Marsanne and Roussanne, as well as 11.22 hectares of Syrah and Viognier in the IGP Collines Rhodaniennes. Winemaker, David Reynaud produces four different cuvées of Syrah and a tiny bit of Crozes-Hermitage Blanc, all of which he de-stems entirely and ferments in cement tanks. This ‘Cuvée Beaumont’ actually does not come from his estate vines but rather from another biodynamically farmed vineyard of one of David’s friends. It continued its aging in cement tanks until being bottled. The nose is very floral and almost feels like it has some Viognier, as can happen in Cote Rotie, yet this baby is 100% Syrah and delightfully aromatic. Medium bodied and well textured, it offers notes of black and green olives along with a Syrah meaty quality. The finish shows off semi-firm tannins, good acidity and a light dose of white pepper. This is a well balanced and nicely made Crozes-Hermitage that speaks well of the appellation and the winemaker.

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