M. Chapoutier

Les Varonniers Crozes-Hermitage Syrah

9.1111 ratings
9.029 pro ratings
Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Will Stanley

Animally, meaty, dark, smokey and brooding - on the nose at least. Opened up after an hour’s decant and was far more rounded on the second night. Has that classic piercing Syrah quality that seems to swamp one’s airways - and plenty of barnyard funk for some time after opening.

On the palate it’s quite mellow, enveloping, beautifully rounded, medium bodied, with just enough acidity and tannin to give it life. I’d love to have tried this five years ago when I feel like it would have had the power to better impersonate a Hermitage. But, no doubt, it’s superb now.

Interestingly (to me!) I actually found this quite hard to distinguish between a decent Rioja. It is very similar in many ways to La Rioja Alta’s Viña Ardanza. Both in the fruit and the presence / quality of oak. The only difference lying perhaps in richness and depth of fruit.

Overall, a beauty of a wine - one of the appellation’s finest.

Animally, meaty, dark, smokey and brooding - on the nose at least. Opened up after an hour’s decant and was far more rounded on the second night. Has that classic piercing Syrah quality that seems to swamp one’s airways - and plenty of barnyard funk for some time after opening.

On the palate it’s quite mellow, enveloping, beautifully rounded, medium bodied, with just enough acidity and tannin to give it life. I’d love to have tried this five years ago when I feel like it would have had the power to better impersonate a Hermitage. But, no doubt, it’s superb now.

Interestingly (to me!) I actually found this quite hard to distinguish between a decent Rioja. It is very similar in many ways to La Rioja Alta’s Viña Ardanza. Both in the fruit and the presence / quality of oak. The only difference lying perhaps in richness and depth of fruit.

Overall, a beauty of a wine - one of the appellation’s finest.

Apr 15th, 2020
Gregory Fulchiero

Elegant and integrated. Whiffs of tapenade and blackberry with sweet balsamic and roasted herbs.

Elegant and integrated. Whiffs of tapenade and blackberry with sweet balsamic and roasted herbs.

Dec 24th, 2018
Roman Sosnovskiy

Brand Ambassador Bodegas Ramon Bilbao, Organizer "Wine Games" competition Moscow

9.1

Порох, мясо, специи и пряность, легкий тон ванили, черная вишня.танины mid+,хороший баланс

Порох, мясо, специи и пряность, легкий тон ванили, черная вишня.танины mid+,хороший баланс

Jul 25th, 2017
Jim Lindsay

Hard tannins VA.

Hard tannins VA.

Dec 5th, 2016
Susan Lin

Business Development Belmont Wine Exchange, WSET Diploma candidate

8.8

Medium ruby, lovely ripe blackberries, cassis, licorice, a hint of earth bursts on the nose. Extremely elegant and lightweight in body especially given the vintage; would have thought there to be more fruit and roundness on the finish but there's a nice peppery lift after the fruit gives way mid-palate. Could be great enjoyed by itself on a warm spring or summer day!

Medium ruby, lovely ripe blackberries, cassis, licorice, a hint of earth bursts on the nose. Extremely elegant and lightweight in body especially given the vintage; would have thought there to be more fruit and roundness on the finish but there's a nice peppery lift after the fruit gives way mid-palate. Could be great enjoyed by itself on a warm spring or summer day!

Mar 29th, 2016
Charles Schneider

Dark, reductive. Hasn't turned into its true Syrah self. Acidity is a tad flabby. Hope it holds up.

Dark, reductive. Hasn't turned into its true Syrah self. Acidity is a tad flabby. Hope it holds up.

Feb 10th, 2016
John Sweeney

Great value! Love this stuff. #syrah #crozeshermitage #chapoutier

Great value! Love this stuff. #syrah #crozeshermitage #chapoutier

Sep 10th, 2015
Blake Leja

Sommelier Prosecco Restaurant

8.6

Classic on the nose and palate, but it really shows the leanness of the vintage.

Classic on the nose and palate, but it really shows the leanness of the vintage.

Jun 14th, 2015
Anthony Giglio

Wine Blogger WineWiseGuy

9.0

Beautiful acidity; juicy Syrah.

Beautiful acidity; juicy Syrah.

Feb 15th, 2015
Tommy Pace

Tons of acidity for this old bottle. A tasty treat

Tons of acidity for this old bottle. A tasty treat

Sep 17th, 2014