Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhône

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah 2014

Popped, poured, and blinded this wine. It didn't take long for the notes to lead me towards Hermitage (so intense!), but I didn't think it was Chave's because it was lacking the meaty notes that I associate with his wines. I am, however, not an authority on Chave - I can count the number of times I've drank his Hermitage with my hands. Regardless, the 2014 Hermitage was certainly impressive and my WOTN. Full-bodied, dark fruits, quite ripe, but in no way jammy, spice - anise, juniper, and bay leaf, licorice, deep minerals, sexy supple texture. As the night progressed - seriously stony, air has brought out the meatiness (bacon), along with some gamey and musky tones. The fruit adamantly refuses to subside on the palate. A real masterpiece, especially for the vintage.

Here's another case of infanticide on my end, but at least in the name of research, I can attest to the excellence of this wine. Personally, though, I was missing some floral and crushed pepper characters which I love in Syrah. Just nit-picking. 
— a month ago

Daron, Mark and 19 others liked this

Domaine du Colombier

Hermitage Syrah 2015

Silvia's Wine

Elegant nose, well structured, smooth, with a bite to it. Makes you want to put it back to the bottle and sit on it for another five years. — 9 days ago

Jeff, Serge and 1 other liked this

Etienne Bécheras

La Prieuré d'Arras Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2011

All the good Syrah stuff: black olives, incense, wild herbs, bay laurel, cumin and sautéed game livers. Shockingly fine and complex Syrah from an appellation that’s been totally debased. — 10 days ago

Gilles Robin

Papillon Crozes-Hermitage Syrah

A great Rhone Syrah not a big nose but a wiff of tobacco good fruit blueberry, and black olive sage and some eucalyptus in the background alongside some bacon good price and drinking well — 15 days ago

Boxer, Daniel and 24 others liked this

Domaine des Lises

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2012

2012, lovely... and the affair with Syrah is strong! Black fruit, pepper is a medley, pink, white & black. Velvet on the palate and very balanced. — 4 days ago

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah

Incredibly balanced, subtle, amazing Northern Rhône funk but amazingly soft tannins, exceptional finish. This is the stuff! — 8 days ago

Jeffrey, Christian and 6 others liked this
Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Chave on!
David MacMillan

David MacMillan

As they say in France “Chavetastic”


Equinoxe Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2017

Classic Northern Rhône Syrah. Black pepper, olive tapenade, dark fruit. Very drinkable. — 11 days ago

Ron, Anthony De and 4 others liked this

Maison Les Alexandrins

Hermitage Red Rhone Blend 2016

@delectable hermitage Nose has elegant tropical almost tropical flowers. Elegant tropical fruits. Big mineral and acidity. Creamy. Great texture. Bought from fass selections. — 7 days ago

Lyle liked this

Maison Lombard

Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2013

Intense black pepper, charcoal, leather, dried cherries + super tannic and dry. Very good wine, needs a meaty meal with it. It opened up a lot after about an hour of decanting — 8 days ago

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Blanc Marsanne Roussanne 2004

Tropical fruit, almonds, honey, oily, rich on the palate, long finish. — 2 days ago

Amr, Keith and 2 others liked this