Pierre Le Grand Crozes-Hermitage WHITE 20

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Although Syrah is the grape most associated with the Northern Rhône Valley, about 15% of the wines produced here are white. The white wines from Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, and Croze-Hermitage are wonderfully distinctive expressions of Northern Rhône terroir and are frequently off the radar for most wine lovers. Condrieu focuses solely on producing Viognier, while Saint-Joseph, Hermitage, and Crozes-Hermitage produce white wines from only Marsanne and Roussanne.

Northern Rhône whites stand in stark contrast to zingy, linear wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. They're noticeably lower in acidity and can present richness and perfume bordering on flamboyant. The ripe, full-bodied richness makes them perfect for pairing with the heavier foods of fall and winter.

Similar to whites produced in Hermitage or Saint-Joseph, white wines in Crozes-Hermitage are usually blends of Marsanne and Roussane. Marsanne is the softer and more rounder of the two grapes and produces full-bodied wines with rich, honeyed notes and a variety of pear and peach flavors. Roussanne is more focused, with notes of peppery spice, floral tones, and fresh herbs. Roussanne has a slight advantage over Marsanne thanks to its fine tannins and higher acidity. The smoothness of Marsanne and the grace of Roussanne blend in delightful harmony.

Hélène and Jean-Pierre Mucyn have been interested in viticulture and wine for as long as they can remember and decided to make the most of this interest by making a dramatic career change. The couple left successful careers in engineering, and in 2001, they earned advanced degrees in viticulture and oenology from the École des Vins de Bourgogne in Beaune.

After graduation, Hélène and Jean-Pierre, along with their three daughters, moved to the village of Gervans, a sleepy hamlet in the Drôme department of the Northern Rhône Valley. From the beginning, the family focused on polyculture farming, and in addition to grapes, the family tends fruit and nut orchards along with vegetable crops.

The estate dates back to 1750 and is a mere 300 meters from the banks of the Rhône River. The family's home once served as an inn for sailors, providing a rest stop for the boatmen and travelers traveling through the region. When renovating the estate, the Mucyn's painstakingly restored the property, preserving the charm and character of the original architecture.

In your glass, you'll enjoy notes of peach, pineapple, and white flowers on the nose. The palate is rich, vibrant, and alive, with a melange of orchard and tropical fruits. The fruit lingers nicely, finishing cleanly with citrus and minerals. Pair this with richer seafood, shellfish dishes, poultry, and braised white meats. Of course, Coquille St Jacques would be a perfect match!



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