CROZES HERMITAGE BLANC
2018 La Fille Dont J'ai Rêvé Domaine Gaylord Machon
70% Roussanne 30% Marsanne. L&S (May 2020)
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It's aromatically alive with pear, citrus peels, passion fruit and lime leaves. Full-bodied, with plenty of concentration and a certain firmness allied with a subtle positive bitterness that brings a sense of balance and direction. Long finish, with very well-integrated discrete oak. Excellent for the vintage. This is matured for nine months before release mostly in ovoid tanks to help the natural movement of the lees; they also use 30% stainless steel and 10% used barriques. Rating: 92 Matt Walls, Decanter.com(Jul 2020)
Domaine Gaylord Machon
Domaine Gaylord Machon is in Beaumont-Monteux, in the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, on 'les châssis' a name which derives from the numerous large stones found in this area, which make for a particularly free-draining soil. 5% of the domaine is Marsanne and Roussanne, from which a tiny amount of white is made, the rest being all Syrah for the two cuvées of red.
All the work in the vines is manual, including the harvest. Gaylord took over 5 hectares of family vines in 2002, the produce of which he took to the co-op, like his forbears, until 2008, when he began to sell the grapes of what was then an enlarged 8.5 hectares to Paul Jaboulet Ainé. In 2011 he made his first wine. He is a qualified winemaker, and had trained with Luc Tardy and Laurent Combier, among others.
Gaylord built his own vinification cellar in 2014, and today vinifies about half his red production and all the white.
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