On this nice September morning, the white Crozes-Hermitage harvest has started.
The 2007 vintage looks promising.
The grapes look healthy. These last two weeks, a strong wind (“le Mistral”) has been blowing, which has helped sugar concentrating. That means this vintage may be rich in aromas with a good alcohol level.
Complying with basic hygienic rules is crucial during the harvest. Every evening, the bins (locally known as “les bennes”) as well as all the implements (wine press, pumps etc .) are steam-washed to prevent unwanted bugs from spreading.
Let’s cross the Rhone river today, to harvest grapes for “Saint Joseph“.
This Appellation stretches 2 départements and 26 villages:
- The Ardèche: Andance, Ardoix, Arras-sur-Rhône, Champagne, Charnas, Châteaubourg, Félines, Glun, Guilherand-Granges, Lemps, Limony, Mauves, Ozon, Peyraud, Saint-Désirat, Saint-Étienne-de-Valoux, Saint-Jean-de-Muzols, Sarras, Sécheras, Serrières, Talencieux, Tournon-sur-Rhône and Vion
- The Loire: Chavanay, Malleval, and Saint-Pierre-de-Bœuf
St Joseph has been an appellation since 1956.
Only Syrah grapes are used (sometimes with 10% Roussane and Marsanne white grapes).
We will be back to work next week to pick grapes for our Vin de Pays.
We’ve finished picking grapes for Red Crozes Hermitage.
Olivier is happy with the quality of the grapes. So do not miss the first tastings in a few months.
Today we are harvesting Red Crozes Hermitage “La Croix du Verre“. Its main characteristics: this wine is made from over 50 year old vines and the wine is aged in oak barrels for 10 months.
A great wine to come.
Harvesting grapes for red Crozes Hermitage is in full swing!
It’s time for further information on the Crozes Hermitage Appellation:
The area stretches over 1,200 hectares. Larnage, ten other villages produce this AOC wine: Crozes-Hermitage of course, but also Serves-sur-Rhône, Erôme, Gervans, Tain l’Hermitage, Mercurol, Chanos Curson, La Roche de Glun, Beaumont Monteux and Pont de l’Isère.
It has been an Appellation since 1937.
Only Syrah grapes (for the reds) are used (sometimes with 15 % Roussane and Marsanne grapes).