Domaine les Bruyères is situated in Crozes-Hermitage at Beaumont-Monteux below the Hermitage hill in the Northern Rhone Valley. The domaine has been part of the Serret / Reynaud family for generations growing and supplying grapes to other producers in the region. In the year 2000, David Reynaud began his quest to create a 100% bio-dynamic vineyard and to embark on making and marketing the wines from their superbly sited vineyards. This plan came into fruition when in 2003, the domaine became ECO Certified, and in these first few years his talent at winemaking also quickly became apparent and the wines assert brilliance in their complexity and elegance.
The domaine is made up of 14.5 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage, and an additional 5.5 hectares in local villages amongst the Rhone hills. The vines grown in the domaine are aged between 20 - 50 years, of which 87% is made up of Syrah. Reynaud also has small plantations of Marsanne, Roussanne, Merlot and Viognier. The soil of his Crozes-Hermitage vineyards is characterised by a clay and alluvial pudding stone top-soil with a chalky limestone sub-soil, with good natural ground drainage from the pudding stones. Reynaud, maintains low yields of 35 hl/ha across the Domaine and in a remarkably short time he has gained the attention of the wine press not only in France but around the world. One taste and you will understand why !!
2016 Crozes-Hermitage rouge ‘Beaumont’
From younger vines and made for early drinking, this cuvee is vinified in cement and aged in large cement and a little goes into barrel before assembling and bottling unfined and unfiltered. Bright deep colour. This shows good depth and character with hints of chocolate and black olives to the bright vibrant fruit. Medium bodied with fine tannins. ‘Entry-level Crozes doesn't get sexier than this. The 2016 Crozes Hermitage Beaumont, aged almost entirely in tank, offers the floral essence of Syrah, from violets and herbs to blueberries and even apricots. This plush, medium to full-bodied wine should drink well on release yet have the stuffing to age through 2025.‘ (91-93) points erobertparker.com Dec 2018
2016 Crozes-Hermitage rouge ‘Georges Reynaud’
100% Syrah from vines with average age of 20 years. Vinified in cement cuve with cuvaison up to 32 days and very gentle pressing in a vertical press. Elevage on fine lees for 12 months in barrel (none new) then for 6-7 months in cement cuve before bottling. “A charming bouquet of resinous herbs, cracked pepper and ripe cherries emerges on the nose of the 2016 Crozes Hermitage Georges, which matured a year in tank (50%) and barrel (50%). Medium to full-bodied, it's lush and creamy in texture, turning to pure silk on the mouthwatering finish. Just lovely stuff for drinking over the next 6-7 years.” 93 points erobertparker.com Dec 2018
2017 Crozes-Hermitage rouge ‘Beaumont’
’Shiny dark robe; strong reduction masks the nose, so this demands decanting and air. The bouquet is large, has an oxtail depth, a deeply set aroma of raspberry liqueur, a hint of violets in back. The palate gives fleshy content, is juicy and peppery. This is open and accessible, could be more refined. It can be drunk now. 13.5°. Bottled 5 June 2018. 2025-26 Dec 2018 Previously Feb 2018 ***(*) dark red. There’s definite depth in the bouquet which has a sturdy interior, gives dark berry fruits, black olives, is an STGT Beaumont-Monteux. The palate presents juicy, attractive richness, has the oily features of Beaumont, southern tendencies, with late freshness, salt. The length is good, with precision. 2022-23 Feb 2018’ drinkrhone.com
’The 2017 Crozes Hermitage Beaumont is floral, herbal and loaded with stone fruit aromas. This medium to full-bodied wine is so sound, so soft and so gulpable, it almost seems Grenache-like—yet it's Syrah from the Northern Rhône.’ 90 points, The Wine Advocate, December 2018