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Domaine du Colombier Hermitage blanc 2016

| white | full bodied & complex |
Domaine du Colombier Hermitage blanc 2010-0
Florent VialeDomaine du Colombier Hermitage blanc 2010-216Domaine du Colombier Hermitage blanc 2010-214


100% marsanne
Alcohol %
30 hl/ha
barrel aged
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2032
Fiche Technique
Product code
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

Ripe pear and brioche in the nose. Fresh dairy tones and fresh nuts in the taste, which are drowned out in the mouth by yellow fruit (pear, pineapple), citrus marmalade and almond cake. The oak is well integrated with the juices, the acidity is pleasantly vital. The finish is smooth and powerful, some tannins but energetic, with a long finish in which the minerality shows well. This white Hermitage, made of 100% marsanne, needs time. Decant and combine with some great food to enjoy in full. [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

Wine Advocate / Joe Czerwinski: “The 2016 Crozes Hermitage Blanc is mainly Marsanne. It spent six months in 20% new demi-muids, with the rest in tank. Citrus and melon notes dominate, with hints of fennel adding a fresh touch. Clean and correct, this medium to full-bodied white should be consumed over the next few years. [december 2017]


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