Julien Cecillon - Crozes Hermitage 'Les Marguerites' 2014
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The name of the cuvée, Les Marguerites honours the mothers of Julien and Nancy, who are both named Marguerite, but also references the swathes of daisies that dot the vineyard.
Unlike the barren soil of a conventional vineyard, the land at the Cecillon winery is organically and sustainably tended, and life springs up everywhere. You can taste this vitality in the wines, which are alive and full of energy.
Compared to their St. Joseph, the Crozes Hermitage has a much darker expression of fruit, with black fruit to accompany the violet core, and a much spicier finish with hints of white pepper. The nose is just incredible, and there's notes of tea and orange peel which really highlight the diversity of syrah.
Most Crozes Hermitage is on flat land, but Nancy was driving through the valley one time and saw this parcel for sale, which is on the bottom of the hallowed hill of Hermitage. It's incredibly rare to have sloped Crozes Hermitage, but that's where this comes from. A special wine from a special place. 50-86 year old vines, minimum SO2 used only at bottling, and only 3,200 bottles made per year.
Annual Production: 3,200 bottles per year
Blend: 100% Syrah from 50-86 year old vines that face North/ North-East
Terroir: Schist-Gneiss on Granite
Winemaking: Almost entirely destemmed. Maceration and crushing in open tanks (stainless steel and fiberglass) for 28 to 34 days, wild yeast fermentation, regular punchdowns and pumpovers. Malolactic fermentation in 5 year old barrels with only natural yeasts.
Drinking Window: 2017-2024
90 Points Vinous Media
"(Aged for 13 months in used oak): Bright violet. Spicy cherry and boysenberry scents are complemented by olive, licorice and black pepper nuances. Juicy and precise on entry and fleshier in the middle, showing good depth to the black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors. Closes on a repeating peppery note, with very good clarity and persistence and gentle tannic grip."
– Josh Raynolds
Nancy and Julien's winery was only created in 2011 but already they've won fans and critics over with their passion, uncanny know-how, and also of course excellent viticulture. It's run organically and sustainably, with minimum SO2 at bottling, wild yeasts, and generally old oak.
They have some excellent vineyards in the appellations of Saint Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, and the two have extensive experience working in wineries such as Yves Cuilleron, Fabrice Gripa, Christophe Curtat, JC Cellars, Clos du Val, Saintsbury, Indevin and Saronsberg.
Julien, who is a local of Tournon-sur-Rhône and nephew of Jean Louis Grippat, met Nancy in the US, and after a few years of working and travelling with wine, they decided to return home to create Cave Julien Cécillon. We couldn't be happier to represent their wines here in Hong Kong exclusively.