2008 La Maison des Terroires Vivants – Crozes-Hermitage – Crozes-Hermitage AOC

A wine from one of my favorite grapes

In the northern Rhône wine region of Frances lie the vineyards of La Maison des Terroires Vivants – a winery that is dedicated to organic wine production. The winery produces the incredible amount of 32 different wines and is located in the town of Villeneuve les Béziers. Recently I’ve had a chance to try their 2008 Crozes-Hermitage.

The wine is named after its French wine classification Crozes-Hermitage AOC. Produced with 100% Syrah grapes, the wine aged for 12 months in American oak.

Tasting notes Crozes-Hermitage

2008 La Maison des Terroires - Crozes-Hermitage AOCIn the glass the wine had a deep red color with violet tints. Alcohol by volume was label listed at 12.5%. On the nose the Crozes-Hermitage from La Maison des Terroires Vivants had aromas of redcurrant, spices and chocolate. The palate however was dominated by red cherry. There was a bit of acidity, too. The  wine was medium-bodied and the finish somewhere between medium and long. The winery’s Crozes-Hermitage has a few aggressive tannins. In general the wine was not that complex though.

In my opinion the wine would be better with less acidity. I’ve had a lots of Syrah that were less acid. I think in a few more years the wine will be more developed and taste a bit better. At least I hope so. Syrah is one of my favorite grapes but this time the grape (or the wine!) did not fully convince me.

The wine paired ok with the steaks that I ate. Next time I would pick a different wine though. Have you had good experiences with Crozes-Hermitage and red meats? What dish might pair better with it?

This Crozes-Hermitage retails in a local Enoteca for 14.50€. For a French wine that’s a good price but I’m confident that I can find a better Italian wine for the same price. I often have the feeling that French wines tend to cost the double or triple of comparable Italian wines. The wine won a few awards including the Organic Foods Awards in the wine and spirit category.

8 comments on “2008 La Maison des Terroires Vivants – Crozes-Hermitage – Crozes-Hermitage AOC”

  1. Sean P. Reply

    Sorry to hear that thr wine did not completly convince you! I’m a big fan of Rhone wines. Usually I don’t pair Crozes-Hermitage with meat. They go well with strong cheese!

  2. dr1nkforl1fe Reply

    Syrah based Crozes-Hermitage wines tend to pair good with Roquefort cheese but also with grilled meat I think but most good Crozes-Hermitage that I like cost 40$+.

  3. Mari Reply

    This is true that French wines are always overpriced. In fact, it led to a crisis in the recent decade as France was not able to offer something what we define as good-value-for-money wine. Now they are recovering on the lost markets. Still, for any given amount of money, one can get a better wine from Italy or Hungary. But of course when you don’t care about the price, France will never stop to impress you with its magnificent choice of wines 🙂

    • vino in love Reply

      No doubt, France produces some impressive wines but other countries do, too and often at a lower price.
      It’s good to hear that France now tries to over good-value wines. They’ve really have to pick it up!

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