2018 Laurent Fayolle Croze-Hermitage ‘Clos Les Cornirets’
This 100% Syrah hails from 70+ year old vines in one of the great vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage. The wine has a seamless texture that wraps around its core fruit-driven flavors, marked by a vein of crystalline minerality that shows off the pedigree of this historic vineyard. Produced from certified organic farming vineyards, hand-harvested fruit, native yeasts, and bottled unfined / unfiltered.
Steaks, burgers, and other red meats are quintessential pairings with Northern Rhône Syrah, thanks to the wine’s signature flavors of olive, bacon fat, and smoke. Light up the grill and get the party started!
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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. This is “Grand Cru” Crozes at its absolute finest.