2018 Jean-Baptiste Souillard Crozes-Hermitage Tenay

Rhone Valley, France

Long, fine-grained Rhone Syrah from young Jean-Baptiste Souillard


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About The Wine

Tenay is a vineyard on the upper slopes of the hills just to the north of the hill of Hermitage itself, and its cool, granitic feel is more in keeping with Hermitage than the mostly loose-knit alluvial terroirs of Crozes.

A core of dark, peppery fruit is entwined with savoury spices, all linked in a linear palate progression. Which is a posh way of saying there's a lot going on here, but it is more a gentle, long wine than a big, immediate rich mouthful of Shiraz.

About Jean-Baptiste Souillard

Jean-Baptiste Souillard is a young, talented winemaker based in the Rhone Valley who is turning plenty of heads with his suite of refined, low-intervention reds and whites.

With experience gained alongside Burgundian luminary, Benjamin Leroux, Jean-Baptiste has made a name for himself in a very short space of time.

He hunts for untapped old-vine sites on granite-based hillsides in the late-ripening northern reaches of the Rhone. and translates them into supple, precise wines built around heady layers of perfume and spice.

He is surely one of the names to watch in the Rhone Valley - part of a new generation that is redefining a traditional region one small batch of hand-crafted wine at a time.

Winemaker Jean-Baptiste Souillard
Winemaker Jean-Baptiste Souillard
Photo Credit: Michel Joly
Additional Info

From The Importer

JBS is a champion of new lieux-dits discovered within untapped, old-vine sites on the Rhône’s têtes de coteaux—or ‘the top of the hills’. For reds he prefers late-ripening sites, so the fruit can attain full maturity with plenty of freshness. In Crozes, for example, Souillard has specifically sought out such hillside parcels on granite in the northern communes. His connection with the tiny sub-sections means he makes 11 Syrah cuvées, each with their own distinct character

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Souillard's Crozes has the grip and tension of a nordic noir series on SBS. A wine that rewards patient enjoyment. - DD Wine Crew


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