At the foot of the famous hill of Hermitage, the Cave de Tain co-operative produces five appellation d'origine contrôlée wines: Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Cornas and Saint-Péray. Cave de Tain also owns a 21 hectare domaine within the prestigious Hermitage appellation where the head winemaker, Xavier Frouin, supervises every stage of vinification from grape sorting to bottling.The Cave has established an enviable reputation for authentic wines that express the full character of their individual terroirs, thanks to careful and non-intrusive vinification methods. Over the years, traditional techniques have been enhanced by the latest developments in modern winemaking. Cave de Tain's new cellars were completed in late 2014; a total investment of €10m has dramatically reinvigorated winemaking facilities, increasing the Cave's ability to produce top quality wines.
Cave de Tain Crozes-Hermitage Sans Sulfites 2020
A no-added sulphites cuvée from Crozes-Hermitage specialists Cave de Tain.
For Cave de Tain making a ‘Sans Sulfites’ Syrah isn’t just an experiment or an attempt to keep up with trends; it is the epitomy of Tain’s philosophy. Syrah, a variety in which Cave de Tain excels, is grown within Crozes-Hermitage classified vinyeyards on the left bank of the Northern Rhône valley.
All growers practice reasoned (or even organic) viticulture as part of the strict sustainable practices laid down by the Vignerons en Développement Durable (VDD), which Cave de Tain have followed since 2007. Vine health is paramount with practices such as ‘épillonnage’ (removing secondary shoots to aerate the grapes, increasing the vines’ resistance to humidity without the use of treatments) regularly monitored in each plot.
All vineyards are within 15km of the cellar, meaning the grape harvest is delivered quickly and in prime condition, negating the need to add sulphur.
In the winery (which benefitted from considerable investment in 2014) hygiene control measures are impeccable, another key factor in making a wine ‘sans sulfites’. Grapes are carefully selected and destemmed. Temperature controlled fermentation and maceration takes place in stainless steel tanks to preserve the purity and freshness of Syrah.
Deep, intense purple colour. Peppery cassis on the nose with some light leathery notes. Savoury black berries and firm young tannins.