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Wines from Crozes-Hermitage

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Maison Nicolas Perrin 2009 Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $36

This full-bodied, creamy Crozes-Hermitage far outpaces expectations for the appellation, combining cherry-berry fruit with cracked pepper, mocha and licorice. Then it finishes long, anchored by a marriage of fruit and spice. It’s ready to drink now, but should evolve positively through at least 2017.

 — J.C.  (10/1/2012)
92
points

Les Vins de Vienne 2010 Les Palignons Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

  1. $49

A terrific effort, this wine is atypically full bodied and round for a Crozes-Hermitage. It’s dark and potent yet doesn’t lack for herbal nuance or precision, showing off sexy notes of garrigue, black plum and Bing cherry. Despite the ample weight, it finishes long and silky, making it approachable now.

 — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
92
points

Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2010 Domaine Mule Blanche White (Crozes-Hermitage)

  • Editors' Choice
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  1. $42

This blend of Marsanne and Roussanne comes across as something of a hybrid between Hermitage and Burgundy. It has grilled peach, citrus and smoke notes, ample weight and a long, hazelnut-tinged finish. Drink it over the next 6–8 years.

 — J.C.  (2/1/2013)
92
points

Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2009 Domaine de Thalabert Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $60

Despite this wine’s thick veneer of toasty, vanilla-scented oak, it has plenty of underlying fruit, powerful enough to handle the wood. It’s full bodied, dense and richly textured, with a long, velvety finish redolent of blackberries and cedar. Approachable now, but should easily age through 2025.

 — J.C.  (10/1/2012)
92
points

Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2007 Domaine de Roure Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

  1. $80

Not a typical Crozes-Hermitage, Jaboulet’s Domaine de Roure is a showcase for what the appellation is capable of. In this vintage, it’s a full-bodied yet not overly structured wine, with a huge Syrah nose of meat, pepper, plum and baking spices and lingering espresso and black olives on the finish. Drink now–2020.

 — J.C.  (8/1/2011)
92
points

Alain Graillot 1999 La Guiraude Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

Alain Graillot, chemical industry executive turned farmer, is showing how good Crozes-Hermitage really can be. The 1999 vintage of his special cuvée, La Guiraude, is a powerful, but bright wine, full of red fruits and firm tannins and balancing acidity. Raisins and rich fruit join the mixture that goes to make an immediately enticing wine, but one that should age…

 — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
92
points

Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1999 Domaine Raymond Roure Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

  1. $33

A densely colored wine from this small estate, bought by Jaboulet Aîné in 1995. It is a great expression of Syrah, with aromas of ripe, concentrated fruits, dense tannins and flavors of new wood, spices and hedgerow fruits. It is a wine of great complexity, showing enormous aging potential.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
91
points

Les Vins de Vienne 2010 Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $33

While some Crozes-Hermitage can be overtly fruit-driven, this one takes a more savory approach. Tar, olive, licorice and woodsmoke mark the aromas and flavors, suggesting grilled meats or tender braises as appropriate food pairings. It’s mouthfilling without seeming soft or unstructured, making it approachable now.

 — J.C.  (11/1/2014)
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