2017 Domaine Les 4 Vents ‘Les Pitchounettes’ Rouge

2017 Domaine Les 4 Vents ‘Les Pitchounettes’ Rouge

Regular price $30

Region: Crozes-Hermitage > Rhône > France
Grapes: Syrah
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: certified organic, certified biodynamic, alluvial/limestone/sandy soils, stainless steel, unfined, lightly filtered, minimal sulphites added (under 30 ppm), 13% ABV
Winemaker:  Lucie Fourel & Nancy Cellier

LADY IN CHARGE: Not just one, but two ladies in charge here--Lucie and Nancy.  These sisters are a dynamic duo: Lucie was a young vigneronne, who in 2006 took over 3.5 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage from her parents with the idea of making wines from her family’s vineyards under her own new label. 7 years later, her sister Nancy, couldn’t help but join the fun, changing the name to Domaine les 4 Vents which was the name of the Auberge that their great grandparents owned next door to the winery. 

The philosophy of the ladies at Les 4 Vents is inspired by organic farming and low-intervention winemaking. They say, “we are in perpetual search of respecting the environment, our interventions, in the vineyard or in the cellar, aim to accompany the grapes, then the wine, towards its most authentic expression”. This beautiful Syrah, intensely purple, smells like bright, bursting red fruits.  Going down, you see the feminine, pretty side of Syrah (vs. the meaty, gamy quality you often find in the Northern Rhone), with lots of tart, tannic strawberries, roundness, and juicy blackberries. Lucie does not use any sulfur during the winemaking process, only a few drops added just before bottling. While ‘Les Pitchounettes’ (which means the little ones) is ample, energetic, and voluminous, it's fleshy freshness has the subtle tannins and zingy fruit to outline this big, fun Syrah. Which, BTW, is a STEAL for a Croze-Hermitage of this quality!

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