WS 92 Pts
The color is deep, garnet in color with purple tints. On the nose, the aromas of stewed black fruits (black cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant) combine with smoky and liquorice notes,
typical of the Chassis sector.
In the retro-nasal olfaction, against a background of minerality, some notes of eucalyptus and menthol appear.
On the palate, the "serious" combines with the "gourmandise": the attack reveals freshness and liveliness. The material is tannic but dense, fleshy, almost silky. The balance is real.
This cuvée is made from a blend of grapes exclusively from the Domaine des Grands Chemins. The plots are all located on the “Chassis” terraces, at the Rhône/Isère confluence.
All the aromas present at the olfactory stage are revealed, creating a beautiful complexity, rich and faithful to the original terroir of the Domaine des Grands Chemins.
The very structure of this wine, as well as its aromatic persistence, give it real aging potential.
the vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhône appellations. They cover 11 communes in the Drôme "département", on the left bank of the Rhône River.
the soils vary: from the north, these are mainly over granite subsoils that follow on from those of the Hermitage hill; to the south where are both fluvialglacial alluviums, with terraces of rolled stones from the old river bed, mixed with loess.
the climate has a southerly exposure in the hillside areas.
Prevailing wind : The "Mistral".
Surface area under production : Production area is 1,683 hectares/3,485 acres, for an annual production of 61,000 hectolitres/678,000 cases. Authorized maximum yield is 45 hectolitres/hectare (2,6 US tons/acre).
Grape varieties : Syrah (an addition of up to 15% of Marsanne or Roussanne is allowed).