Definition - What does Crozes-Hermitage mean?
Crozes-Hermitage Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) is a wine region that began in 1937 and is located in Northern Rhône, France. It is the largest appellation in this region.
Ninety percent of the wines made here are reds from Syrah. The remaining white wines are made from Roussanne and Marsanne in Côte-Rôtie style.
WineFrog explains Crozes-Hermitage
Crozes-Hermitage Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) covers a large area and is located on the eastern bank of the Rhône river. A large amount of wine is made here and in 2011, it was recorded that almost 70,000 hectoliters of wine were made. That is more than seven other northern Rhône appellations combined.
The styles of wine made in this region are not like those made in the surrounding region of Hermitage, but less complex. This is because the grapes are grown on more fertile soils. The style of wines are known for their bright fruit notes.