Crozes-Hermitage 2012

AOP Crozes-Hermitage Red


  • 89 pts Wine Spectator
  • 88 pts Wine Advocate
  • 15/20 Bettane & Desseauve


Clear and glossy dark purple colour. Lush and generous nose of Indian spice, white pepper and black fruit. Palate is lively and fresh with exotic spice.

Food & wine pairings

Lamb Curry.
Salad Saint Jacques with peppers.

Detailed information


Winter was cold and dry. The water shortage was solved thanks to spring rains. Vigilance was at its peak throughout the vineyard in April and May due to significant variations in temperature and rainfall. August was marked by intense heat. The end of August and September brought a drop in temperature caused by the Mistral and rain. Harvest started on the September 14th.

Grape varieties



Plots selected on the two terroirs of the appellation:
– granitic soils on the communes of Gervans to the north give the wine its mineral quality.
– clay soils covered with small pebbles on the commune de Mercurol to the south give the wine its structure and fruitiness The vines face south/southwest, at an altitude of 100 to 200 m.


De-stemming and crushing. 20-day maceration at controlled temperature with punch-downs, rack & return and pump-overs. Part of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in 275-litre Laurus oak barrels (new and 2 year-old barrels). 14 months elevage.
Production: 8,800 bottles
Bottled on: 24 June 2014


Best served at 14-16°C – Ideal when opened 2 hours ahead.
Optimum maturity: 2013-2019

Degree of alcohol

12,5% vol.
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