21 hectares of Syrah in Mercurol lieu-dit of Crozes-Hermitage. They yield an average of modest 40 hectoliters/hectare. Average vine age: 30 years.
Multiple parcels, varied exposure
Stony terraces of clay/limestone
No chemical additives in their vineyards (practicing biodynamic). Soils are worked manually, grapes are hand harvested.
100% de-stemmed, fermented with natural yeasts. Minimal quantities of sulfur added at bottling.
1/3 each: tank, foudre and barrique (mostly used)
The Tardy family’s vines for their Crozes are all located in the terraced vineyards of Mercurol, which is the heart of this appellation. The grapes are de-stemmed and raised in a mix of one-third each of tank, foudre and older barrels. The 2015 Crozes is excellent, coming in at thirteen percent octane and offering up a ripe and precise bouquet of black raspberries, dark berries, hung game, dark chocolate, woodsmoke and a fine base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, ripe and nicely plush on the attack, with a good core, ripe, gently chewy tannins and a long, well-balanced and still quite primary finish. This has the ripeness of fruit of the 2015 vintage, but it is nicely harnessed and the wine should blossom nicely with some bottle age, but right now is a bit adolescent in its puppy fat fruit. 2018-2030.
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