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Domaine du Colombier Gaby Crozes-Hermitage rouge 2013

| red | juicy & concentrated |
Domaine du Colombier Gaby Crozes-Hermitage rouge 2010-2290Domaine du Colombier Gaby Crozes-Hermitage rouge 2010-2289Florent Viale

Specifications

Grapes
100% syrah
Alcohol %
13.0%
Yield
32 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2025
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2015, 2016
Video
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Product code
1040105
27.75
€ 25.75 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

There is comfortable depth in an assured nose – it gives a rather fat style of black berry fruit, a notion of prune, a little top crispness. Attractive fruit features on the attack –  red berry, mulberry, also holds fine tannins that fit closely. This has appealing detail, and class. Pepper touches show on the sprightly finish. Very good. [John Livingston/drinkrhone.com, January 2015]

Wine producer
The brothers Florent and David Viale are from a family of fruit growers in Mercurol, in the heart of Crozes-Hermitage, and apricots are still their main source of income. Their father Gabriel formerly sold grapes to négociants. Once Florent became fully active in the company in 1991, they invested in a new cellar and modern equipment, and all of their wines are now marketed under their own label. The total wine-producing area is 16 hectares, divided over three parcels of land in the AOC Crozes-Hermitage (some of it on rocky hills, and some on alluvial plains), and two parcels in AOC Hermitage (1.6 hectares). They are young, dedicated winemakers who have a clear vision and wines that are equally distinctive. At Colombier, the grapes are grown organically, although they do not have certification.
Quote & Reviews

John Livingston/drinkrhone.com: ” There is comfortable depth in an assured nose – it gives a rather fat style of black berry fruit, a notion of prune, a little top crispness. Attractive fruit features on the attack –  red berry, mulberry, also holds fine tannins that fit closely. This has appealing detail, and class. Pepper touches show on the sprightly finish. Very good.  [January 2015]

Jeb Dunnck/Wine Advocate: “I loved the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Gaby. Deep, rich and surprisingly concentrated, it offers classic blackberry, cassis, violets and pepper to go with a medium to full-bodied feel on the palate. It has plenty of richness and should have a decade of longevity.” [December 2014]

Ratings

John L. Livingston
****(*)
Wine Advocate
90-92/100