Domaine du Colombier

Domaine du Colombier is owned and run by the Viale family since the end of WWI when the great-grandfather of Florent and the actual winemakers started planting one hectare of vines.

Today their 16 hectare estate spreads between the towns of Tain-l'Hermitage and Mercurols where they make Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage of the two colors.

The vineyards are mainly planted of old varieties, Syrah for the reds and Marsanne for the whites. The soil consists of stony hillsides with high density planting (from 6,500 to 7,000 

vines per hectare). The vines on the slopes are held on by sticks and harvested by hand.

The brothers Viale have brought the Domaine du Colombier to be considered among the top producers of the hill of Hermitage. Made under sustainable agriculture practices, the wines are considered among the best of the appellation and have won many awards in various competitions. They have been recognized by the leading French and International wine guides and magazines.

The wines

  • Hermitage Red

    Hermitage

    Hermitage Red

    Perfect with beef ribs, grilled meats and cheese.

    Manually harvested with 50% destemmed grapes and 50% whole cluster then fermented for 3 weeks in temperature controlled vats. The aging period is 18 months in barrels of 600 liters (demi-muids), 1/3 of them are new oak.

     

    Varietal

    Syrah 100%

    Average age of 60 years

    Soils

    Granite, brown sand, sandy and coarse gravel. La Diognières: pebbles on the low terrace (lithosol)

    Robe

    Deep purple color

    Nose

    Very aromatic and complex nose. Wild black fruits with roasted notes

    Palate

    Fleshy palate, well structured, abundant and silky tannins. Very long final with a hint of liquorice

    Serve

    16-18°C

    Potential aging

    10 years and much much more

    Yields

    38 hl/ha – 1,6 ha

    Alcohol

    13,5°

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  • Excellent with grilled red meats, squab and cheese.

    It is manually harvested with destemmed grapes and fermented for about 2 to 3 weeks in temperature controlled vats, then aged 12 months in oak barrels of 600 litres (demi-muids).

    Varietal

    Syrah 100%

    Average age of 60 years

    Soils

    Alluvions fluvioglacial

    Robe

    Deep black color

    Nose

    Smokey with a touch of vanilla, loaded with black current and spices

    Palate

    Palate is full, dense with present tannins and with a long and beautiful final.

    Serve

    T°16-18°C

    Potential aging

    2 to 8 years

    Yields

    38 hl/ha –16 ha total (3 ha for this wine)

    Alcohol

    12,5°

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  • Crozes-Hermitage Red

    Crozes-Hermitage

    Crozes-Hermitage Red

    Perfect with beef ribs, grilled meats and cheese.

    Manually harvested with destemmed grapes and fermented for about 2 to 3 weeks in temperature controlled vats, with an ageing period of 12 months, 65% in oak barrels and 35% in concrete tanks.

    Varietal

    Syrah 100%

    Average age of 35 years

    Soils

    Alluvions fluvioglacial

    Robe

    Bright color with hues of violet

    Nose

    Very expressive nose dominated by ripe black fruit, with a hint of spice and tobacco

    Palate

    Palate is straight forward and supple. The tannins are present and important with a minty final

    Serve

    T°16-18°C

    Potential aging

    2 to 10 years

    Yields

    38 hl/ha – 16 ha total (3 ha for this wine)

    Alcohol

    12,5°

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  • Perfect with beef ribs, grilled meats and cheese.

    Manually harvested. Traditional wine producing methods include: destemmed grapes, fermentation for 3 weeks in temperature controlled vats, and an aging period of 8 months in cement tanks.

    Varietal

    Syrah100%

    Soils

    Alluvions fluvioglacial

    Robe

    Bright color with hues of violet

    Nose

    Very expressive nose dominated by ripe fruit, good complexity and very pleasant

    Palate

    Palate is straight forward and supple. The tannins are present, smooth and soft.

    Serve

    T°16-18°C

    Potential aging

    Simply delicious when young

    Yields

    42 hl/ha – 16 ha total (3 ha for this wine)

    Alcohol

    12.5°

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