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Domaine du Colombier Gaby Crozes-Hermitage blanc 2016

| white | full bodied & complex |
♥ Domaine du Colombier Gaby blanc Crozes-Hermitage 2010-0
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Specifications

Grapes
100% marsanne
Alcohol %
13.0%
Yield
32 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2022
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
1040102
28.95
€ 26.95 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

Ripe fruit aromas the nose, showing peach, caramel and almond. It presents an elegant marsanne in this stage, with good acidity and minerality. Concentrated peach and apricot flavors on the palate, mixed with lemon zest and buttery toast. A stylish wine, quite convincing and lovely to combine with food. It has good length and will benefit from decanting in the coming year. Will age well and has even more to offer in the next 1-2 years. [April 2018]

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 2016 Crozes Hermitage Blanc Cuvee Gaby ages for 12 months in new demi-muids. This sample showed appealing toasty notes, allied to citrus and vaguely marshmallow-like fruit. It’s medium to full-bodied, but it’s brightened and lengthened by lime-sherbet-like notes on the zesty-briny finish. It will be drinkable on release and capable of aging at least a few years after that.”

Ratings

Wine Advocate
(90-92)/100