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Jean-Claude et Nicolas Fayolle Hermitage Rouge Donnieres 2015

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 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 93 Wine Advocate: 94 Wine Enthusiast: 93 95 Points
Country:France
Region:Rhone
Grape Type:Syrah
Winery:Jean-Claude et Nicolas Fayolle
Product Description


Made from 40-year-old vines planted on granitic and rocky soils in the Lieu dit "Les Donnieres" at the bottom of the Hermitage's hill.
100% Syrah.

Intense inky ruby red color. 
The wine has plenty to offer with red and black fruit aromas, as well as a good minerality. 
The finish is very long, clean and juicy and offers a great spicy mouthfeel.

Soil is clay, silica and round pebbles.
Hand harvested in small crates. The grapes are then pumped into tanks (full cluster, not destemmed). 
It will stay in this tank for 15 days for the skin contact maceration and the Alcoholic fermentation.
Tey will also use the "rack and return" technique (delestage).
Then the wine is transfered into neutral French Oak barrels where the wine will complete the Malo-Lactic fermentation.

Delicious with grilled red meat such as venison or lamb and most cheeses.

Review:

Showing similar to last year, the 2015 Hermitage Dionnières is a brilliant Hermitage that comes from the more pebbly soils of the Dionnieres lieu-dit and was brought up in used French oak. Fabulous notes of blackberry liqueur, crushed rocks, charcoal, and pen ink all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated 2015 that has beautiful purity of fruit, a deep, structured mouthfeel, and a great finish. It needs short-term cellaring and will cruise for 15-20 years.-Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points

"From a lieu-dit situated at the bottom of the slope, the 2015 Hermitage Les Dionnieres is a complex, savory wine, offering up notes of grilled marinated beef with undertones of cassis. Earthy and tannic, this is an uncompromising vin de garde that will require several years in the cellar to blossom. - Joe Czerwinski"

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #234, December 29th 2018), 94+ pts

(all whole clusters; fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels) Youthful purple. Heady, spice-accented boysenberry and violet aromas show excellent clarity and a hint of olive. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering densely packed dark berry liqueur and floral pastille flavors plus a suggestion of spicecake. The impressively long finish features strong minerally cut, an echo of sweet blue fruit and chewy tannins that come in late. - Tanzer 93 Points

"Ripe, luscious black-cherry and berry notes are fresh and perfumed, accented by anise, violet and dried herb. It's plush and silky on the palate but anchored by crisp acidity and finely edged, persistent tannins. Enjoyable now for its youthful, primary side, it should develop more savory complexity from 2025 and hold further. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (September 2018), 93 pts + Editor's Choice

Winery: Jean-Claude et Nicolas Fayolle
Jean-Claude et Nicolas Fayolle Estate Nicolas Fayolle represents the 3rd generation. His father, Jean-Claude, helped convert the Estate from Apricot to Grape growing. Date Founded: 1958 Owner: Jean-Claude and Nicolas Fayolle Winery Philosophy: All our vineyards are tended and harvested manually due to the incline of the slopes. We also limit treatment of the vines to better manage soil erosion. Our “cuvees” are issued for specific parcels in our vineyards and we neither destem nor use new oak barrels to preserve each “cuvee’s” specificity. The estate was founded by Nicolas' grand-father Jules Fayolle in 1958. Nicolas is the 3rd generation in this family owned estate. Nicolas has a degree in "Viticulture- Oenologie" and "Commercial science". He studied in the Macon region and joined the family estate in 2003 Winery Acreage: 17.36 acres (7 hectares) Winery Production: 2000 / 9L cases Varietals Produced: Syrah and Marsanne Winemaker: Nicolas Fayolle 7 hectares total: 4 hectares of Crozes Hermitage Rouge in the lieu dit "En Rochettes" 2 hectares of Crozes Hermitage Blanc in the lieu dit "En Rochettes" 0.8 hectares of Hermitage Rouge in the lieu dit "Les Donnières" 0.2 hectares of Hermitage Blanc in the lieu dit "Les Donnières" Soil is mainly Loess, Red granit, granit from the former Rhone river bed. 80% of the vineyards are located on steep hills and terraces. Hand harvest.
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Grand Veneur Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge Les Origines is made from 50% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah

Matured in vats (grenache) and in oak casks (syrah and mourvèdre).

Deep and brilliant, purple-red colour. An exciting nose with aromas of black fruit (blackcurrant, cherry) spices and vanilla. This great aromatic complexity is found on the palate : the spices and ripe fruit appear with an elegant woodiness and harmonious tannins. The finish has good aromatic length and introduces a touch of liquorice and pepper.

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Jean-Claude et Nicolas Fayolle Hermitage Rouge Donnieres is made from  100% Syrah.

Made from 40-year-old vines planted on granitic and rocky soils in the Lieu dit "Les Donnieres" at the bottom of the Hermitage's hill.


Intense inky ruby red color. 
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Soil is clay, silica and round pebbles.
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Delicious with grilled red meat such as venison or lamb and most cheeses.

Review:

"If the prebottling sample of the Fayolles' 2017 Hermitage Les Dionnieres is truly representative, purchasers will be in for a treat. It's inky dark in color, with a cassis-laden nose that's marked by hints of crushed stone. It's full-bodied and concentrated, tannic without being hard or overdone, and despite ample ripeness, there's structure and freshness. It looks to be the complete package and potentially in the same ballpark (quality-wise) as the impressive 2015. - Joe Czerwinski"

- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue #239, October 31th 2018), 94-96 pts

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Deep ruby red color. 
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"Crisp black-plum and bramble notes are accented by pepper, char and anise in this lean, briskly composed Syrah. It's concentrated but spry, framed by grippy but finely edged tannins and a firm, granitic finish. Drink now through 2025. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"

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– traditional cooking, as a meal made of seasonal vegetables, a beautiful piece of meat and a creamy or spicy sauce with some mushrooms.

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The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Pieds dans les Galets Vieilles Vignes delivers raspberry and garrigue notes, a medium to full-bodied palate and supple, velvety tannins. It's really drinkable, a far cry from super ripe and highly extracted examples of the appellation, but it's still delicious and a pure joy to drink, now and for the next decade. -  Joe Czerwinski Wine Advocate 92 Points

 

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Xavier Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2015


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56 Ha grown organically since March 2009 (in conversion). Part of the vineyard is plowed with horses. Mechanical harvest. Yields: 48 hectoliters per Hectares. Average age of the vines : 30 years old.

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