Crozes-Hermitage Red

Soil type

Limestone, clay and silt. Sandy gravel.

Grape variety

100% Syrah.

Average age of vines

35 years.

Winemaking

Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats at high temperatures. 3 weeks maceration in vats.

Ageing

18 months in oak barrels.

Average yield

40 Hl/ hectare.

Average annual production

About 500.000 bottles.

Tasting

Eye : Dark and deep colour.
Nose : Red fruits, cherry and strawberry with delicate oak aromas.
Palate : A structured tannic wine. Aromas of blackcurrant buds and vanilla.
Overall : Remarkable freshness with notable and refined tannins to due long oak ageing.

Our comment

The vines are mainly on steep slopes from the villages of Gervans, Mercurol, Larnage et Crozes-Hermitage.

Vintages 2009

 

Wine Advocate #198 - Dec 2011

Score : 92

The exceptional 2009 Crozes-Hermitage is one of the top wines of the vintage. A complex bouquet of black olives, licorice, ground beef, spring flowers and red and black currants soars from the glass of this 100% Syrah that is aged in 3-year-old barrels as well as larger foudres. With remarkable density, this evolved, approachable, delicious, full-bodied Crozes should drink well for a decade. Robert Parker.

 

Guide Bettane et Desseauve des Vins de France

Score : 15,5/20

Des tanins gras, une bouche charnue au fruité noir et réglissé, un ensemble frais et gourmand, représentatif des différents styles de l’appellation.

Consumption

A boire

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

10 years.

Food and wine matching

Red meat, game and cheese.
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