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

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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
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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)
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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
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Alain Graillot 1999 La Guiraude Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

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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)
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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

Cave de Tain 2010 Les Hauts d’Eole White (Crozes-Hermitage)

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  1. $24
An old-vine blend of Marsanne and Roussanne vinified in oak, this is full bodied and powerful, with ample smoke and toast notes framing a subtle melon tone, underscored by a hint of crushed stone. Delicious now, but it would also be interesting to taste in 3–4 years.  — J.C.  (2/1/2013)
91
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Dauvergne & Ranvier 2009 Vin Rare Syrah (Crozes-Hermitage)

  1. $30
This selection shows pure black-cherry fruit on the nose, then it folds in hints of flowers, spices, chocolate and coffee on the palate. It’s full bodied and creamy in texture without being heavy, then finishes long. Ready to drink, but should easily hold another 5–6 years.  — J.C.  (10/1/2012)
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