Domaine les Bruyères is situated in Crozes-Hermitage in the Northern Rhone Valley. The domaine has been part of the Reynaud family for multiple generations. Happiest in the middle of the vines, David Reynaud is in love with a job well done. Although he initially comes across as a quiet man, he can passionately talk for hours on end about his work and his wines.
David has managed to work using the principles of biodynamics thanks to his love of the vine and for the balance of fauna and flora. Certified organic and biodynamic since 2003, the estate favours cultivation by hand at each stage: disbudding, lifting, elimination of inter-hearts, harvest, sorting on the table… These traditional methods are continued in the cellar by an elaborate system of tanks with natural shapes and materials. The red grapes are placed in a raw concrete vat room, which provides the oxygen necessary for alcoholic fermentation and good ageing. The white grapes find their place in ovoid concrete and terracotta vats. It is the alchemy between nature and flavors that David wishes to celebrate in his cuvées.
The domaine is made up of 14.5 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage, and an additional 5.5 hectares in local villages amongst the Rhone hills. The vines grown in the domaine are between 20 – 50 years old, of which 87% is made up of Syrah. Reynaud also has small plantations of Marsanne, Roussanne, Merlot and Viognier. The soil of his Crozes-Hermitage vineyards is characterised by a clay and alluvial pudding stone top-soil with a chalky limestone sub-soil, with good natural ground drainage from the pudding stones. Reynaud, maintains low yields of 35 hl/ha across the domaine.
Les Bruyeres produces four limited-quantity Crozes-Hermitage reds and a tiny amount of special Crozes blanc. In a remarkably short time he has gained the attention of the wine press not only in France but around the world. Consequently, the wines of Les Bruyeres have become the most sought after in the appellation.