WS 92 Pts
This wine is a blend from 3 different terroirs : L'Ermite, le Sabot, and the famed plot, les Bessards. Maturation is done in French oak barrels. On each vintage, the notes of wood are the result of precise and variable proportion between new barrels and barrels which have already held one wine, and it is adapted according to each vintage tannic & tasting characteristics. The colour shows brilliant, deep red hues. The nose is powerful and complex, expressing blackberries, spices and leather. On the palate, "Domaine des Tourettes" is fi rm but silky, with a tightly-knit tannic structure that is the hallmark of wines that have a great future.
Vineyard : the vineyard stretches over 3 communes in the Drôme "département": Tain-l'Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage.
Soils : the soils are a combination of granite with alluvial quaternary delta deposits, and Pliocene marl. This diversity explains the numerous names given to vineyard plots within the appellation: Bessards, Greffi eux, Méal, Roucoule, Beaumes, etc.
Climate : protected from the north winds, the slopes are well exposed to the sun, facing south.
Production area: The vineyards area adds up to 134 hectares/331 acres, with an annual production of 3,635 hectolitres/40,390 cases. Authorized maximum yield is 40 hectolitres/hectare
Grape varieties : Syrah (possibly 15% Marsanne or Roussanne maximum).