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Emmanuel Darnaud Au Fil du Temps Crozes-Hermitage 2016

| red | full bodied & tannic |
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Specifications

Grapes
100% syrah
Alcohol %
13.5%
Yield
35 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
2024-2026
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
1040301
36.25
Tasting notes

The nose is potentially stylish, via a calm air of black berries, cassis fruits that come with a neat clarity. The palate links well to the nose, bears lissom, free black-fruited content, all in harmony. There is a sub-plot of oak along the palate, which will gently infuse. It’s an understated, good pedigree Crozes-Hermitage, for veal, magret de canard or duck breast, for example. From mid-2018. [November 2017, notes by John Livingston, www.drinkrhone.com]

Wine producer
Emmanuel Darnaud is a young, enthusiastic wine grower from La Roche de Glun, to the south of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation. This passionate, garrulous man is a perfectionist who is seen as one of a talented new generation of wine makers. He came to the wine business circuitously, via his culinary interests, deciding In 2001 to take over the family company, which consisted of a few fruit trees and 1.3 hectares of vineyards. He had no formal training, but he was clearly inspired and coached by his former teacher, who is now his father-in-law, Bernard Faurie (a prominent Hermitage producer from Tournon). Emmanuel is an intuitive grower, who now has 15 hectares of vineyards, with 17 terroirs, spread over the municipalities of La Roche de Glun, Point d’Isère and Mercurol, which are tilled on a sustainable basis, which the French refer to as lutte raisonnée.The entire operation, both in the cellar and the vineyard is exemplary. Although the wine is aged in wooden barrels, Emmanuel’s objective is to preserve the expression of the fruit in his wines. The use of wood is however remarkably balanced, which is down to the use of different wooden vats (conical foudres (a type of vat), and new and used barriques. His domaine wine, Les Trois Chènes is a reference to this. All of the parcels are vinified separately and later assembled. Grapes from the young vines are processed in mise en bouche (appetizers). In good years a selection of wines is aged in new barriques over time and bottled only in magnums. This is a young producer with a vision and a mission, that much is clear.
Quote & Reviews

Emmanuel Darnaud: “Je n’ai pas fait d’école du vin, je travaille au feeling. Et puis Bernard m’a appris tant de choses.”

John Livingston (www.drinkrhone.com): “The nose is potentially stylish, via a calm air of black berries, cassis fruits that come with a neat clarity. The palate links well to the nose, bears lissom, free black-fruited content, all in harmony. There is a sub-plot of oak along the palate, which will gently infuse. It’s an understated, good pedigree Crozes-Hermitage, for veal, magret de canard or duck breast, for example. ” [november 2017]

Wine Advocate: “Darnaud’s top Crozes is the Au Fils du Temps, which is only made in great vintages. The 2015 and 2017 are undoubtedly stronger efforts, but the medium to full-bodied 2016 Crozes Hermitage Au Fil du Temps is supple and creamy-ripe, loaded with cherries and accented by hints of vanilla and mocha. Silky and easy to drink, it should be consumed prior to 2025.”

 

Ratings

John L. Livingston
****
Wine Advocate
90/100