Domaine Breyton is located in the town of Beaumont-Monteux,
in the southern section of Crozes-Hermitage, where Jacques Breyton farms eight hectares of vines throughout the appellation. Two-thirds of his vineyards surround the winery where the soils are galets: large alluvial stones with excellent drainage. His other vineyards lie in the northern sector, in the villages of Serves and Gervans. These vineyards are dramatically steep, planted in granitic soils.
Jacques has been bottling his own wine since 2005. Previously, he sold his yield to négociants and the local co-op, as he has always been a grower. The majority of his wine is a blend of his different parcels, marrying the stony intensity of the granitic soils with the generous fruit of the alluvial zone, vinified in stainless steel to not obscure the terroir. He is decidedly low intervention and low tech in his tiny winery, utilizing only native yeast and natural fermentations to allow his vineyards to take center stage. The result is extremely authentic and satisfying.
His latest project is a single vineyard wine called Cuvée Charles, named after his wife’s grandfather, the original owner of the vineyard. The vineyard was planted between 1946 and 1950 in the lieu-dit of Beaubrunet in the village of Érôme, where the terroir is nearly identical to neighboring Hermitage. The steep, granitic hillside with southwest exposure yields intensely perfumed wines with all of the grace and finesse associated with the wines of Hermitage.