Brotte Crozes Hermitage "La Rollande" red 2016
VARIETIES : Majority of Syrah
YIELD : 40 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES : 20 000 b.
HISTORY AND VINEYARD :
“La Rollande” : A tribute to the feminine harmony of the “cuvée”. This female first name reaches its highest popularity in 1931, date of creation of Brotte House. It means glory and courage.
This appellation spreads over 11 communes within a triangle formed between the hills of Tain l’Hermitage, the Rhône river and the Isère river. It is, in volume, the most important cru of the Northern Rhône. The vineyards are situated on the plain below the surrounding hills where the soils are made up of granite and quarternary alluvial deposits left by the Isère river (clay and gravel). We select our wine yearly from amongst a small group of trusted wineries of the appellation with whom we have been working for many years.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION :
Ploughing of the soils, de-leafing and green harvest during the year. The grapes are hand harvested at full maturity. Grapes are then de-stemmed and crushed. The maceration last 15 days in stainless steel vats at a medium temperature (26°C – 28°C) in order to preserve primary fruit aromas. The wine is then aged in 100 year old oak vats and concrete vats for 12 months before bottling.
“Freshness and Harmony”
Colour – Dark with hints of deep purple.
Nose – Intense blackcurrant and violet aromas with spicy notes of white pepper, liquorice, vanilla, black olives and a hint of laurel leaves.
Palate – Harmonious and firm, suggestive of cherries and blackcurrant with long and well defined tannins on the finish. The long and flavourful finale reveals black fruits notes.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 16 °C. Open 2 hours in advance.
Enjoy with duck breast in green pepper sauce with potato dauphinois, veal prune and almond tagine, soft cheeses or even ice cream with chocolate & star anise sauce.
VINTAGE : 2016 : An exceptional year. The reds are aromatic, powerful, round, fine and balanced, while the whites display freshness, unctuosity, full body and great length. 2014 : Experience and anticipation of winegrowers were key that year. Red wines are fruity, very well balanced, round, with subtle tannins, and have less alcohol than average. The whites show good acidity and will reveal their character over ageing.
Vint. 2016 : BETTANE+DESSEAUVE 13/20
Vint. 2014 : PARKER 88 - DECANTER 87 - GAULT & MILLAU 14.5/20
Vint. 2013 : PARKER 87 - IWC 2016 Bronze Medal
Vint. 2012 : W&S 87