Cuilleron Croze Hermitage Les Rousses
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Fresh and fruity.
- Delicious on the palate.
- Organic, Eco-friendly farming. No insecticides are used.
Varietal Composition: 100% Marsanne
Elaboration: The Marsanne vines are in the south of the appelation in the village of Mercurol, from the Lieu-dit Malfondières. “Les Rousses” is not a district but a normal cuvee. The soil here is glacio-fluvial alluvium.
The vines are planted in high-density planting (8,000-10,000 vines per hectares) with naturel cover cropping to avoid erosion. No insecticides, with respect to soil and vine balance, are used. Treatments are few (depending on weather and the necessary). A small amount of organic fertilizer may be applied. Precise control of vigor and yields is maintained through leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape ripening. Disbudding is in the spring.
The grapes are picked when fully ripe and hand-sorted. After pressing, alcoholic fermentation uses native yeasts, after which malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels and big casks with temperatures control.
Cuilleron Croze Hermitage Les Rousses is best drunk “on the fruit” up to 3-4 years.
Tasting Notes: fresh and charming wine. Pleasant fruity nose and flattering aromas (peach, apricot), citronnella, hint of almonds and white flowers. Delicious on the palate, well balanced between sweetness and freshness.
Cuilleron Estates is a producer in the northern Rhône. The estate has been in the Cuilleron family for three generations, but it is the estate’s current owner and winemaker, Yves Cuilleron, who has expanded the size, scope, and scale of the vineyard, land holdings, and winery.