Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 'Les Bâties' 2019
A Wine That
has the same velvety, soft undertones as the regular Dard & Ribo Crozes-Hermitage, but with the addition of an extra oomph; this is a little more on the graphite side of things; a little darker in fruit profile, and with a more angular structure. It's an architectural wine; the kind of wine that will make you want to grab a notebook for doodling.
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- Winemaker: Dard & Ribo
Where and How?
This is old-vine Syrah (some vines are nearing their 100th birthday!) planted on a 2.5 hectare plot on red clay and the typical round 'galet' stones. The majority is naturally fermented as whole bunches, and macerated very gently, just with occasional The wine is then aged for around 10 months in the 600L old oak barrels typical of the region. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with just a tiny sprinkling of sulphites.
The Winemaker: Dard & Ribo
René-Jean Dard and François Ribo are the Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson of the wine world. Since the 80s, they’ve been fighting for a more sustainably farmed Northern Rhône, while also fighting off the villains trying to steal their vineyards (yes, really).
It’s been one very long uphill battle to get where they are today: selling all of their wine preallocated to some of the most renowned restaurants in the world. As we stand and chat with René-Jean, the phone rings twice from trade customers interested in buying their wines. He politely lets them down—there’s none for sale. This happens every day.
So how did these two quiet guys in overalls with ponytails become two of the most iconic natural winemakers in the world?