21 Oct David Reynaud
Domaine Les Bruyères
In 1955, Georges Reynaud planted 20 hectares of vines on a gentle slope along the Isère River (Rhône tributary) in the southern sector of Crozes-Hermitage. Domaine Les Bruyères is located in Beaumont-Monteux, one of the appellation’s eleven communes just three miles northeast of Pont de l’Isère, where renowned Crozes vigneron Alain Graillot and his sons tend their vines.
Through the 2002 vintage, the family’s grapes were sold to the local cooperative winery, but the following year, Georges Reynaud’s then 28-year-old grandson, David, completed construction of a modern winemaking facility just in time for the 2003 crush. Upon assuming control of the domaine a few years earlier, David instituted an organic regimen in the vineyard, so the domaine was certified by Ecocert the same year (2003) as his first crush. Further research and experimentation, and the influence of friends like Matthieu Barret of Domaine du Coulet in Cornas, led to the adoption of the principles and practices of biodynamics, and in 2005, Les Bruyères received its Biodyvin certification.
David produces four limited-quantity red Crozes-Hermitage cuvées and a tiny amount of special Crozes Blanc. In the past few years, the wines of Domaine Les Bruyères have become the most sought after in the appellation.
|Vines:||38.30 acres in AC Crozes-Hermitage:
35.93 acres Syrah, 0.79 acres Marsanne, 1.58 acres Roussanne
Additional 11.12 acres of IGP Collines des Rhodaniennes vines (mostly Syrah and Viognier)
|Wines:||Crozes-Hermitage Entre Ciel & Terre: 2.47 acres (one hectare) of 35-year-old vines in the commune of Mercurol
Crozes-Hermitage Les Croix: 100% Syrah from the domaine’s 11-acre upper terrace planted in 1955
Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Georges Reynaud: 27 acres of Syrah on the domaine’s lower terrace with an average age of 30 years
Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Beaumont : 100% Syrah purchased from certified organic grower-frieinds in the village of Beaumont-Monteux
Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Cuvée Aux Bétises: 55 % Marsanne, 45% Roussanne
Certified Organic by Ecocert and certified Biodynamic by Biodyvin
|Soil:||All Beaumont-Monteux vines grow on ancient fluvial terraces of clay, sand, and detrital pebbles along Rhône tributary. Mercurol parcel is on granite about four kilometers east of Tain l’Hermitage and eleven kilometers north of Beaumont-Monteux.|
|Harvest:||Manual harvest using small bins with strict selection in both vineyard and on sorting table upon arrival at the cellar|
|Yields:||45 hectoliters/hectare on average for Cuvée Beaumont, 40 hl/ha for Cuvée Georges Reynaud, 30 hl/ha for Cuvée Les Croix, and miniscule 20 hl/ha for Cuvée Entre Ciel & Terre|
|Vinification & Elevage:||Total destemming. Tradtional vertical press used. Fermentation takes place in concrete tanks for all cuvées except Ciel & Terre which is fermented in 600L demi-muids. Indigenous yeast only. Normal cuvaison period of 28-30 days for all wines. Aging for cuvée Beaumont takes place in cement cuves. Élevage for Cuvée Georges Reynaud is in a combination of 50% 228L neutral oak barrels and 50% concrete tanks for one year. Cuvée Les Croix is aged entirely in four-to-five-year-old barrels for a year. Cuvée Entre Ciel & Terre is aged in 16hl egg-shaped concrete vats for 18-24 months. These special vats allow natural rotation of the wine which facilitates maximum lees contact, and slow, uniform micro-oxidization without the mineral-masking effects of oak. Reds moved and cleared only by gravity and not filtered.|