2019 Vincent Paris Selection Crozes Hermitage
Vincent Paris is a native of Cornas, a Northern Rhône appellation famous for its steep, granite, terraced slopes. Vincent’s first vintage was in 1997, having inherited vineyards from his grandfather and purchased some from his uncle, legendary Cornas vigneron Robert Michel, on his retirement in 2006. The biodynamically farmed vineyards are located in various parcels along the southeast facing Cornas slope. Vincent’s Granit 30 and Granit 60 take their names from the slope and gradient of the vineyards and average vine age respectively. Vincent’s famed 100+ year old, 1.3 hectare La Geynale parcel, in the Reynard area of Cornas and owned by his family for four generations, is comprised of old vines planted by his great-grandfather in 1910.
Crozes Hermitage comes from vines of average 30 years of age, planted on alluvial soils of the Rhone appellation. The ground is covered with pebbles that accumulate heat during the day which preserves well during the cool nights. The 100% Syrah vines are cultivated sustainably to limit any potential spraying. Leaf plucking and green harvest to reduce the yields (average 35 Hl/Ha) improve the aromatic intensity of the grapes. The grapes are de-stemmed 100%. The Tanks are pumped over morning and evening, with temperature control to obtain a fruitier wine. Vinification lasts 3 weeks. The wine aged is 50% in vats, 50% in used barrels for 9 months before bottling.