René Jean Dard and François Ribo, Crozes-Hermitage
Southern Rhône, France
René Jean Dard and François Ribo have acquired a cult following amongst those who frequent the natural wine bars of France and they are also revered in Japan, the second home of great low sulphur wines. Their 7.5 hectare vineyard holding is split around seven villages on a variety of terroirs comprising different soil types. The winery is located near Mercurol, a short distance east of Tain l‘Hermitage.
The Crozes, from red clay soils with gravel and alluvial stones, is almost salty with notes of violets, olives, dill, blackberry and leather
“What we like is natural wine because it‘s alive, wine that does not necessarily have to be kept – just drunk and drunk again”.