Gilles Robin Crozes - Hermitage Cuvee Papillon 2019

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 With a family history of winegrowing spanning four generations, Gilles Robin started in the wine business the way many in the Rhône do: His family sold grapes to the local cooperative. Nestled against the hillsides of Hermitage and St. Joseph in the appellation of Crozes–Hermitage, the estate was first planted in the late 1940s by Gilles’ grandparents, and it is this fruit that makes up his Cuvée Alberic Bouvet, named for his grandfather.

The estate now totals 37 acres, including two and a half planted with white varietals and a small parcel of Syrah in St. Joseph. His vines are planted in the stony and sandy La Terrace de Chassis district. An understated, meticulous winemaker, Gilles farms his plots organically, believing this is the best way to honestly give voice to the terroir.

Crozes-Hermitage Rouge Papillon is the ardor of a young Syrah on a terroir made of pebbles / gravel and a clay-sandy layer. In each bottle, this feminine and spicy side points, which will also be found in the Albéric Bouvet cuvée. Therefore, Papillon plays on the range of Syrah in which we bite into the tooth.

"Wines based on terroirs with a strong character"

The Papillon cuvée is created only on a Syrah grape variety . The harvest is done manually with total destemming. Then, the grape berries are selected on an optical sorting table. The juice is extracted by pumping over and punching down, in order to respect the grapes. Finally, the wine is aged  for 8 months in stainless steel vats.


“I had the desire for a light and fruity cuvée when my first daughter Léonie was born in the spring of 2001. Young Syrah vines were coming into production this year and the idea came to me as obvious. . This butterfly cuvée has established itself as a benchmark for the appellation due to its regular quality. "

Gilles Robin