From Mercurol, Beaumont-Monteux, Chanos-Curson vineyards. 15 Years old vines. Yields : 45 Hl/Ha. Soil : Pebbles, Sand and Clay.
Lush fruits and gentle tannins extracted from 7 days fermentation in open wood and stainless steel tanks from a 100% whole-cluster fermentation, followed by 11 months of ageing in 5- to 6-year-old barrels, then 8 months in tank.
12,300 bottles produced.
Dark bright-rimmed ruby. Vibrant aromas of fresh, spice-tinged dark berries, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Certitude is a full-bodied, plush example of the appellation. Loads of black cherry fruit are nicely balanced by savory hints of licorice, espresso and black olives.
François Villard is one of the stars of the northern Rhône. He came to winegrowing after a career in restaurants, where he caught the wine bug and moved from chef to sommelier. He went full time as a winegrower in 1991, and was entirely self taught, although he has a close friendship with Yves Cuilleron.