Maison Les Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage Blanc 2021
Region: Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone, France
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 60% Marsanne 40% Roussanne
This wine is pale golden yellow in colour with lifted aromas of white flowers, apple, lemon peel and subtle toasted notes. On the palate, delicate notes of peach and lychee are balanced by refreshing acidity and a saline edge.
Crozes Hermitage is the biggest appellation of the Northern Rhône, measuring over 1,300 hectares. It spreads over 11 lieux-dits on the left bank of the Rhône River. The villages of Mecurol and Chanos Curson are renowned for the production of Crozes Hermitage Blanc. The grapes used in this wine come from two different sites, where the vines are on average 20 years old. The first is in 'Les Pends', a lieu dit in Mercurol. The vines are planted on granite slopes with limestone on the surface, giving finesse to the finished blend. The second site is further south, in Chanos Curson. Soils here are stony, producing fuller-bodied and more concentrated wines.
Maison & Domaines Les Alexandrins was established by Nicolas Jaboulet, formerly of the eponymous winery in Tain, the Perrin family from Château de Beaucastel, winemaker Guillaume Sorrel and viticulturalist Alexandre Caso in 2015. The partnership of this ‘micro-négociant’ stemmed from a long-standing friendship, a shared love of gastronomy and an aim to create wines that represent the best of their appellations. Now run solely by Nicolas, Alexandre and winemaker Benoît Busseuil, Maison Les Alexandrins is the négociant side of the business and these wines incorporate fruit purchased from a selection of the top growers in each appellation of the Northern Rhône, whereas the fruit for the Domaine Les Alexandrins wines comes entirely from estate-owned vineyards in Saint Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.