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2017 Laurent Fayolle Crozes-Hermitage ‘Les Pontaix’ Rouge


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Full-bodied, exuding ripe black fruit, leather tones, and peppery spices. Wonderful minerality, with a fine and balanced finish.

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Laurent Fayolle is the 6th generation to run this small family estate in the Northern Rhône village of Gervans. In 2002, when his father and uncle split up the family domaine amongst their children, Laurent took control of 7 hectares of prime heirloom parcels (many over 60 years old) in the granite hills located on the backside of the hill of Hermitage. The slopes found in this area around Gervans, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage are part of the original Crozes-Hermitage classification from 1937 (the southern sections of Les Chassis and Mercurol were added in 1952) due to their close resemblance to the noble hill that looms over them. Once at the helm, his first action was to convert everything to organic farming. Along with his light touch in the cellar (which includes a soft extraction and use of concrete and minimal new wood), he is able to take the incredible raw materials from the complex terroirs he farms (terraced granite and loess slopes, limestone, round river galets) and create wines of supreme elegance and refinement.

100% Syrah, certified organic and grown on 40+ year old vines on a steep, terraced parcel that sits over clay and limestone within a 3.5 ha single-vineyard on the backside of the Hermitage hill in the original Crozes village of Crozes-Hermitage. De-stemmed, fermented and aged in demi-muids (15% new). Unfined and unfiltered.

Vintage: 2017
Region: Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France
Variety: Syrah
Farming Practice: Organic

“Les Pontaix” comes from a small Lieu-Dit sitting on clay-limestone with clay pebbles. It is the most traditional of Fayolle’s wines, their oldest label in production, and their most sought-after Crozes Hermitage cuvee. This wine is a “must” for anyone looking to experience the mineral depth that can be found from old vines sitting in the original Crozes appellation boundary.



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