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Domaine du Colombier Hermitage rouge 2010

| red | elegant & fine |
Domaine du Colombier Hermitage rouge 2009-0
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100% syrah
Alcohol %
38 hl/ha
barrel aged
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Product code
Tasting notes

The bouquet is deep set, has a layered mix of dark fruits with a mineral crispness, airs of black olives – it is smoky, thorough. The palate has a good, tight connection to the bouquet: it gives direct black fruit, good cut – true Syrah of the northern Rhône. Good balance, good freshness, sure length. It goes down very well, is very digestible. It is absorbing its oak well, and there are smoky touches at the end. Will be more expressive from 2016. It is tight-knit, down the line now, the exit is grainy and fine, mineral. Classic and good. [November 2013, notes by John Livingston/]

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

Wine Advocate (Robert Parker):”The prodigious 2010 Hermitage reveals classic flowery notes (violets) intermixed with creme de cassis, pen ink, scorched earth and a touch of subtle wood spice in the background. This full-bodied, tannic, muscular blockbuster Hermitage should prove to be a classic, and age effortlessly for 25 or more years. Only patient connoisseurs are advised to take a look at this wine which demands 4-5 years of cellaring.” (december 2012)


John L. Livingston
Wine Advocate