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Emmanuel Darnaud Les Trois Chênes Crozes-Hermitage 2013

| red | juicy & concentrated |
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Specifications

Grapes
100% syrah
Alcohol %
13.0%
Yield
35 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
± 2023
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2016
Video
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Product code
1040302
21.75
€ 20.25 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

Dark red fruit concentrated in the nose and a stimulating spiciness. The mouthpiece shows an impressive and energy-rich structure, very pure and fruit (black currant) dominated. In the mouth development spices (licorice) and smoky notes (bacon and tobacco). The tannins are smooth, the juice lively and convincing, the whole well balanced. In this elegant Cornas the fruit dominates and I find Burgundy typed finesse. The wine has been slightly drunk from mid-2016 and will be nicely aged. Carving half a day in advance is advisable.[John Livingston/drinkrhone.com, May 2017]

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/drinkrhone.com: “The nose can be stylish in time; for now, there is a front air of oak, quite sensitively presented, with a cosy, soaked black cherry fruit, living on its ripeness, behind. The palate rests on a run of black cherry fruit which is polished, clean, with some oak-tannin toffee notes to bring it to a conclusion. This is a tidy, quite sweet Crozes, with some reserves to amplify as it evolves. The fruit persists with a stealthy hand. [oktober 2016]

Wine Advocate: “The exciting 2015 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes tastes like a mini-Hermitage. Crushed stone, dark, plummy fruit, hints of licorice, cracked pepper and meat all swirl through this full-bodied, richly concentrated Syrah. It’s got enough suppleness to be approachable now, but it should easily make it through 2025, perhaps longer.” [december 2017]

Ratings

John L. Livingston
****
Wine Advocate
93/100