The wines of Pierre Le Grand are specially crafted cuvees made by Domaine Jean-Pierre Mucyn, one of the young rising stars in the northern Rhone. The estate is located in the village of Gervans in the heart of the appellation of Crozes-Hermitage. Jean-Pierre and Helene Mucyn studied enology in Beaune and started the Domaine in 2001.
Today the Domaine has 18 hectares in the appellations of Crozes-Hermitage (11.5Ha), Saint Joseph (4.5Ha), Cornas (1.5Ha), and IGP Collines Rhondaniennes (1Ha). The vineyards are sustainably maintained and the estate uses de-budding, leaf pulling, and green harvesting when required. The grapes are hand-harvested and the wines are made using 100% destemmed fruit. The wines here present wonderful bright fruit and lush middle palate ripeness with an ever-present terroir identity.
Tasting Notes:Red Wine. 100% Syrah, 18 months in oak (25% new up to 4 uses). The vineyards are on the slope at 320 meters grown in granite, saprolite, and schist soils; Powerful nose of leather, oak, pepper, and nuts. In the mouth, the Cornas presents a lot of savory, meaty qualities along with dark fruits; blackberry, black currant, rosemary, white pepper, and smoke. The wine finishes with freshness and complex elegance.
Luscious cassis and black-fig flavors drench the palate of this powerfully concentrated yet thoroughly finessed Cornas. Rich and densely fruity, it is lifted in perfume, wafting of fresh lilac, licorice, and crushed stone. While stunning in its youth, the wine's firm, fiery tannins will meld and the heady bouquet should gain depth well through 2037. ~96WE
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