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The vineyards / Hermitage
In 1971, Louis HABRARD, aware of the majesty of the “terroir” on the small hill at Hermitage, made his dream a reality.
He bought a beautiful plot from Mr DE BOISSIEU, General DE GAULLE’s son-in-law, that today bears old vines of around a hundred years of age.
The plot of an exact surface area of “47 ares and 60 ca” and only planted with the Marsanne white grape variety, is located at a spot called “les ROCOULES”. The plot on the Hermitage hill is ideal “terroir” enabling us to produce grapes of extraordinary quality.
With the southern exposure of their hill, the grapes, each day, see the sun rise over the Alps and go down over the Massif Central.
A unique "terroir" producing wines that are both fine and complex.
Wines which remind wine lovers the world over, of the infinite richness of certain French "terroirs".
The wine producer feels humbled and reverential before the great age of the century old vine stocks,Their existence testifies to that fact that many people have worked these hills. Many people have trod this earth and these slopes.
So we should now enjoy the benefit from this great “terroir”, but also respect it so that tomorrow the sun continues to rise over this vine-covered hill.
The steep slope and the very high density of planting rule out any mechanical work. Therefore, harvesting, like the other jobs, is carried out by hand.
The size of the plot enables us to produce at best 2,500 bottles a year making each vintage a rather hushed affair. In a way, like the appellation itself.
Gobelet pruning, planting density of around 10,000 vines per hectare.
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