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DOMAINE DES MARTINELLES

LVT 2017 r 2017 wh A domaine of traditional leaning that started to bottle in 2002. Its wine was previously sold to merchants like Gabriel Meffre for the Laurus cuvée, and Guigal is still supplied. The red Crozes can be workmanlike, while the more select Crozes red, Les Coteaux, containing good amounts of 1950s and 1960s Syrahat Gervans and Larnage, can ascend to **** level, as in 2014 and 2017. The 2016 Crozes reds were downbeat, with the vineyard swept by April hail, a safety first policy on ripening the result.

The Fayolles possess a good range of mature vineyards, notably well-placed sites towards the west end of the Hermitage hill - Beaume, Greffieux. The 2016 Hermitage red was a rich and stylish **** wine, for example. The oak presence has been growing, and the red wines can be very reduced - meaning they stink on the bouquet, something that indicates lack of airing during vinification and raising. Decant the reds, therefore. The white Hermitage is genuine, with under 1,000 bottles made: the 2016 was a complete ****(*) wine. The family also grows apricots - 14 hectares of them mainly at Mercurol, a little at Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage - and pears.

Pascal Fayolle, father Aimé 2 route des Vignes 26600 Gervans

Tel: +33(0)475 07 70 60

http://www.domaine-des-martinelles.fr

contacts@domaine-des-martinelles.fr

Countries exported to:1) USA 2) Russia

Percentage Exported: 8%

USA Importers: Russell Herman 103 Spring Ridge Drive Berkeley Heights NJ 07922 V.O.S Selections New York +1212 967 6948 www.vosselections.com