| Louis Drevon is a shy, sometimes rather suspicious man, who takes some working on to extract a smile. Now very ably helped by his son, Louis has a little over 7 hectares of prime-site Côte Rôtie split up in to 27 little parcels of vines on the steep escarpment above Ampuis. He uses 3% Viognier with his Syrah to give his wines that added freshness, and the sheer complexity and profundity of the Drevon Côte Rôties has attracted considerable attention in the past few years. |
The Drevons vines are, on average, 35 years old and have a perfect South-South-East aspect, planted largely on granite and schist in the lieu-dits of Rozier, Côte Rozier, Leyat, Moutonnes and Côte Brune. As with all Côte Rôtie, it is vital to have a large choice of vineyard parcels to ensure complexity and balance. The Drevons have 3 hectares in the Rozier lieu-dit which is well-regarded for producing sturdy wines with dark colour and, when this is blended with the other three principal sites, the final result is not only a wine with great depth and structure but also with increasing finesse as the wines age. These are wines that need some time in the bottle to really start showing their true colours.
After 100% destalking and foulage, (light crushing), the wine is fermented between 15 and 20 days and is then aged in a mixture of new and 3-4 year-old oak barrels and 600 litre demi-muids. The Drevons wines are non-filtered and will start to throw a deposit after five years or so.