Emmanuel is one of the most engaging and enthusiastic winemakers, producing polished and generous wines. His winery is in La Roche de Glun, on a rather peculiar peninsular which cleaves the mighty Rhône river. Most of his vineyards are located in this alluvial sector, or a little further to the west in Mercurol. Emmanuel’s focus has always been on bringing out the individual expression of each parcel – allowing the terroir to shine through. This is a domaine where the work is well and truly carried out in the vineyard: the parcels are picked and vinified separately before being placed in wooden casks, vats or the larger demi-muids to continue their élevage. His Les Trois Chênes cuvée is made from only 20% of the whole crop of his 25-60-year-old vines.
As well as making extremely impressive wines in Crozes-Hermitage, Emmanuel also owns 1.7 hectares of 30-80-year-old, south-east facing vines on granitic soil in St Joseph. This is the source of his stunning lieu-dit cuvée ‘La Dardouille’, meaning “to sun oneself”. In addition, the local gossip is abuzz with the fact that, from the 2021 vintage, Emmanuel will be working with an exceptional Hermitage parcel from his renowned father-in-law Bernard Faurie – not to be released until ’23 at the earliest.
The Mise en Bouche is the only final blend tasted of the below wines. For all the other wines, component parts were tasted. All of which showed how glorious 2020 is at this domaine, and how well this vintage suits Emmanuel’s smooth, polished style. We are also delighted to see the return of his top Crozes-Hermitage cuvée, Au Fil du Temps, in ’20.