Domaine les Alexandrins - Crozes-Hermitage - 2018

Presentation

Terroir
4 hectares, Clay-sand.
Vineyards located in the villages of Pont d’Isère (Les Flouris) and Beaumont Monteux (Vie Magne).
Semi-continental and Mediterranean climate sometimes.
The vintage
In 2018, we were lucky to have another very good vintage in the Northern Rhône Valley. A generous and qualitative crop despite major climatic hazards that required the greatest attention.

There was an early start to the vegetative cycle with a particularly rainy spring, especially in May and June, causing suspicions of mildew, which, fortunately did not take place. Then the summer was scorching hot with drought and risks hailstorms. These tense and extreme conditions required increased monitoring, responsiveness and constant vigilance in the vineyard.

The harvest then began under bright sunshine on August 31st with our first harvest on the Brézèyme appellation and ended on September 25th with the red St Joseph. For each area, the sessions were quite short, with a very strict selection of the bunches, in order to harvest at optimum maturity while maintaining freshness and liveliness. We have worked daily, tasting the berries, differentiating the age of the vines, the grape varieties, the terroirs to personalise each snip of secateurs and only select the best.

Thus, the 2018 wines are ample, voluptuous and generous, with great liveliness and freshness.
Process
Manual harvest.
Traditional wine.
Destemming 100%.
Maceration 3 days cold.
Two pump-over + two punch down/ day.
Fermentation 20 jours.
Varietals
Syrah

Tasting advices

Serving
Tasting temperature 15 to 18°C.