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Domaine du Colombier Crozes-Hermitage rouge 2015 (37,5 cl)

| red | juicy & concentrated |

Specifications

Grapes
100% syrah
Alcohol %
12.5%
Yield
35 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
2020-2022
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
1040104-H
11.95
€ 11.20 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

The nose has promise, for now rests on oak, nutshells, black cherry fruit coulis a secondary feature. It breathes a close-knit promise. The palate is nice and solid, with wavy black fruit and live tannins adding to its momentum. It has a wholesome make-up, is suited to red meats. There is a hint of reduction. The length is good and secure, with black pepper and blueberry on the aftertaste. [October 2016, note by John Livingston/drinkrhone.com]

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

Jeb Dunnuck (Wine Advocate): “The 2015 Crozes-Hermitage was completely destemmed and brought up mostly in demi-muids. Graphite, black raspberries, toasted spices and licorice all soar from the glass of this beauty, which has medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, present tannin and solid freshness.”

Ratings

Wine Advocate
(89-91)/100