Just a quick look on the blog today at the wines of David Reynaud who runs Domaine Les Bruyères in the south of Crozes-Hermitage.
For this particular wine the fruit is sourced from neighboring wineries in Crozes that follow organic grape-growing practices. As for his main wine production the winery has been organic since the early 2000’s and follows biodynamic principles. There’s no doubt that his wines are highly underrated and therefore a great value.
The focus here is on making balanced Syrah. This wine saw no oak and was aged in concrete vats. It maintains a great freshness but still has lovely dark and peppery typicity. On the nose this one displayed blackberry, dark plum, cranberry and pepper. This balance of dark ripe but structured fruit plays out on the palate as well with the dark plum, cranberry and mocha coming through along with distinct pepper and wet slate minerality. This is drinking great young but I think a couple of more years to let the tannins integrate would make a huge difference as well. Not for long term aging but a delicious and affordable taste of the Northern Rhône!
Do you like the Rhône? North or South?