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Domaine du Colombier Hermitage blanc 2012

| 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

Specifications

Grapes
100% marsanne
Alcohol %
13.0%
Yield
30 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2032
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
1050301
64.95
Tasting notes

Cooked pear aroma with citrus touches, a light mix of pineapple and orange and lemon. There is a fresh point on the attack from its carbonic gas, with a cooked citrus follow-through, fresh cut on the finish. Not yet as one, taking its time. It holds pretty good, squeezy gras richness. The gas doesn’t allow a true fit of its elements. [November 2013, notes 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

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]

Ratings

Wine Advocate
87/100