Domaine Breyton is made from estate vineyards in both the southern and northern regions of the appellation. They are 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 in Demeter-certified biodynamic farming. 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. His Crozes-Hermitage is incredibly fresh, expressive, and classic at the same time, making it one of the most unique and true versions of this wine in the appellation. The wines of Domaine Breyton convey authenticity and sincerity, often lacking in many modern wines bearing the Crozes-Hermitage label.
Jacques has been working his vineyards and orchards organically and biodynamically since the 1990s (Demeter certification came in 2002), well before these labels had the cachet or the trendiness they enjoy today. He has always worked this way because he feels it is the best way to do things, as an ecosystem with biodiversity yields healthy and complex fruits. His meticulous and thoughtful farming, in addition to simple and restrained winemaking, is how he transmits terroir to the glass so transparently.
Vintage Notes – The 2018 vintage was outstanding in the northern Rhône Valley, producing exciting wines of exceptional structure, perfume, and depth of flavor. A rainy winter in 2018 replenished water reserves after the dry 2017 vintage. Flowering was near perfect, followed by a warm and dry summer, lasting into September, allowing for an early harvest of perfectly ripe fruit, with a good balance of acidity and tannin. The vintage feels fresh, perfumed, substantial, and energetic. 2018 is a marriage of the richness of 2017 to the freshness of 2016.
Vinification – Following a manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeasts. The wine then ages for nine months in a stainless steel tank.