Rhône Valley

For generations, the Reynaud family had been growing grapes in Crozes Hermitage and they sold their harvest to the Tain l’Hermitage cooperative. In 2000, a new chapter started. After studying agriculture, David Reynaud, then 37, joined his mother Marceline at the family estate. His desire was to bottle his own production. He began to manage his vineyard in a more caring fashion, listening to nature to find answers. He built new winemaking facilities which led him to establish his own Domaine Les Bruyères in 2002. At the same time, he farmed his vineyards both organically and biodynamically and his wines were certified as such in 2005.

Reynaud constantly bought new plots of vines increasing his holdings to 23 hectares, of which 18.5 hectares are planted with Syrah on chalky-clay terraces with a significant quantity of pebbles that allows good drainage, in the highly regarded village of Beaumont Monteux, to the south of the town of Tain l’Hermitage.

The additional 4.5 hectares are planted with Marsanne and Roussanne, and are scattered in local villages around the Rhône hills. The meticulous vineyard work is entirely done by hand, where the age of the vines average 55 years.

The grapes are hand-picked and sorted by hand, then lowered into the underground cellar by gravity, to avoid damaging the flavour compounds, or releasing harsh tannins into the juice. The wines are aged for up to 12 months in four- to five-year-old oak barrels.

An artisan of the land, with the stature of a rugby man, this epicurean does not lack ambition nor talent, and he also acts as a fireman in his village. David Reynaud is a very highly regarded vigneron, not only in the Rhône Valley, but also in France. He is assisted by his wife Carine, and both conduct all aspects of farming, winemaking, and business.

Their wines express the minerality of the terroir, which he always aims to preserve. They believe in making wines with an impressive combination of freshness and concentration, along with intriguing detail and vibrancy. These are wines that scream for food.

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