At the foot of the famous Hermitage hillside, the Cave de Tain l'Hermitage cooperative produces five appellation contrôlée wines, namely Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, Cornas and St-Péray. Cave de Tain also owns a 21 hectare domaine within the prestigious Hermitage appellation and the head winemaker, Xavier Frouin supervises each stage of vinification, from grape reception, classified according to quality, right up to bottling. The Cave has established an enviable reputation for authentic wines bearing the full character of their individual terroirs, bringing out the best through careful and non-intrusive vinification methods. As it has grown, traditional wine making techniques have remained whilst benefitting from 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 quality potential without increasing production capacity.
Speaking at the inauguration of the new cellars, Jancis Robinson said
"Cave de Tain has always been managed with a true passion for the production of quality wines and extensive consumer insight. It is one of the best cooperative wineries in France, but also one of the best producers of northern Côtes-du-Rhône wines."
Vineyards are situated on the right bank of the valley in the Northern Rhône and arranged in terraces on granite soil. Vine roots push deeper into granitic soil and this results in the characteristic freshness and balance. Harvesting is by hand and grapes from the old Syrah vines are selected from the best sites in the Saint Joseph vineyard.
A second and uncompromising selection of the grapes takes place in the cellar to determine the final “Esprit de Granit”. All grapes are destemmed and each parcel is vinified separately. Aged in new oak 400l barrels
Intense and savoury, this is a serious expression of Syrah. The palate is tight and restrained with real backbone and peppered with floral notes.
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Name Caves de Tain Esprit de Granit Saint Joseph Country France Region Saint-Jospeh ABV% 13% Vintage 2014 Grape Variety 100% Syrah Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans