David Reynaud

 

David Reynaud Domaine Les Bruyères (Bio-Dynamic): Crozes-Hermitage (Rhone Valley)

Domaine les Bruyères is situated in Crozes-Hermitage at Beaumont-Monteux below the Hermitage hill in the Northern Rhone Valley. The domaine has been part of the Serret / Reynaud family for generations growing and supplying grapes to other producers in the region.  In the year 2000, David Reynaud began his quest to create a 100% bio-dynamic vineyard and to embark on making and marketing the wines from their superbly sited vineyards. This plan came into fruition when in 2003, the domaine became ECO Certified, and in these first few years his talent at winemaking also quickly became apparent and the wines assert brilliance in their complexity and elegance.

The domaine is made up of 14.5 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage, and an additional 5.5 hectares in local villages amongst the Rhone hills. The vines grown in the domaine are aged between 20 – 50 years, of which 87% is made up of Syrah. Reynaud also has small plantations of Marsanne, Roussanne, Merlot and Viognier. The soil of his Crozes-Hermitage vineyards is characterised by a clay and alluvial pudding stone top-soil with a chalky limestone sub-soil, with good natural ground drainage from the pudding stones. Reynaud, maintains low yields of 35 hl/ha across the Domaine and in a remarkably short time he has gained the attention of the wine press not only in France but around the world. One taste and you will understand why !!

2013 Crozes-Hermitage rouge ‘Beaumont’ – (stelvin seal)
From younger vines and made for early drinking, this cuvee is vinified in cement and aged in large cement and a little goes into barrel before assembling and bottling unfined and unfiltered. Bright deep colour. This shows good depth and character with hints of chocolate and  black olives to the bright vibrant fruit. Medium bodied with fine tannins.

2013 Crozes-Hermitage rouge ‘Georges Reynaud’ - 100% Syrah from vines with average age of 20 years.
Vinified in cement cuve with cuvaison up to 32 days and very gentle pressing in a vertical press. Elevage on fine lees for 12 months in barrel (none new) then for 6-7 months in cement cuve before bottling. “A step up over the Beaumont release, the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Georges Reynaud is 100% Syrah that comes from clay and limestone terroirs; it was aged 12 months in 50% older barrels and 50% in tank. Black raspberries, toasted spice, dried flowers and hints of game all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, elegant and nicely textured Crozes Hermitage. It’s another well-made wine from this estate that’s ideal for drinking over the coming 5-6 years.” Jeb Dunnuck erobertparker.com Dec 2015

2012 Crozes-Hermitage blanc ‘Betises’
Made from majority Marsanne with a little Roussanne. Aged mostly in cement egg with a third in barrel with a little lees stirring. Bottled June 2013 to retain the freshness. Shows intense ripe rich stone fruit character with excellent depth and texture.

2012 Crozes-Hermitage rouge ‘Georges Reynaud’
100% Syrah from vines with average age of 20 years. Vinified in cement cuve with cuvaison up to 32 days and very gentle pressing in a vertical press. Elevage on fine lees for 12 months in barrel (none new) then for 6-7 months in cement cuve before bottling.
“Dark robe, purple rim. Stewed fruits aroma, with a meat gravy, savoury undertone, a rustle of flowers in the air, gaminess behind. Best to decant this. The palate is ready to go – offers soft black fruit notably, with a trace of violet; this leads into a mocha, light chocolate finish. The fruit lasts fine here. A precise wine, with good and careful fruit.” Drinkrhone.com

2012 Crozes-Hermitage rouge ‘Beaumont’ 
From younger vines and made for early drinking, this cuvee is vinified in cement and aged in large cement and a little goes into barrel before assembling and bottling unfined and unfiltered. Bright deep colour. This shows good depth and character with hints of chocolate and  black olives to the bright vibrant fruit. Medium bodied with fine tannins.