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  • One of the finest producers in the Rhone
  • This 2015 is possibly his best Crozes ever - incredible balance and purity.
  • Fruit from some of the best granitic sites in Crozes.

Tasting Notes

Colour Dark Red
Nose Lots of blackberry fruit in a deep bouquet, with licorice.
Palate The palate runs with free brambly fruit, has a kind gras richness, develops some fine tannins. This is very long. Has good structure.
Food Pairing The best cut of beef you can afford 9cooked perfectly medium rare). No sides required.
Cellaring 15+ Years
Notes The fermentation relies on natural yeast and, once this is finished, the wine is aged for one year in mostly 1-7 year old 228L Burgundian barrels purchased from some of the top estates in Burgundy.
Variety Shiraz
Body Medium - Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Crozes-Hermitage
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Crozes-Hermitage was officially defined as an appellation in 1937 and is a subregion of the northern Rhône wine region located on the 45th parallel in France. It was expanded in 1952 and became renowned for the many cooperatives there in particular Cave de Tain and Jaboulet. The region produces more wine than the seven other appellations in the northern Rhone combined.

It's the largest appellation in the northern Rhone and produces mostly (90%) Syrah wines though lesser amounts of the white varieties Roussane and Marsanne are grown (10%). The Roussanne and Marsanne are either co-fermented with Syrah or made as white wines as straight varietals or as a blend. The area to the north of Tain L'Hermitage has a very favorable mesoclimate with warmth-retaining granite bedrock, producing richer wines with more complexity than those from the generally flatter lands of the south.

To the north, Crozes-Hermitage's climate is temperate with an almost constant wind that blows and dries the air along the Rhône corridor. When the wind blows from the north, along come fine weather and much needed freshness in the hot summer months, and a biting cold in winter. on the other hand a southerly wind tends to be followed by storms, particularly in summer. Further south the Mediterranean climate’s influence plays a bigger part. The southern parts of Crozes-Hermitage experience very high annual sunshine hours and particularly hot, dry, summers. Annual rainfall is moderate throughout the region with most notable downpours occurring at the end of summer.

The wines from Crozes-Hermitage can be wonderfully aromatic and a considerable bargain when compared to their Hermitage counterparts. Although they are generally less complex than the wines from Hermitage, the wines can have plenty of bright fruit aromas and good structure.


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