The crème de la crème of Crozes-Hermitage.
With over 1,700 hectares under vine Crozes-Hermitage is the largest and, some might argue, best value appellation in the Northern Rhône. Production here is focused principally on the Syrah grape that yields peppery, darkly-fruited red wines which are surprisingly approachable in youth, but can cellar for a decade. Marsanne and Roussanne are also cultivated to make smooth, sensuous dry white wines redolent of peaches and apricots
This case provides a fine opportunity to compare and contrast wines from world-class producers in the recent terrific vintage run 2016-2018.
This mixed case contains one bottle each of:
Crozes-Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2018
Max Graillot and Thomas Schmittel make this delicious Marsanne - Roussanne blend from a small parcel (0.7 hectare) of low-yielding (15hl/ha) vines planted on a steep slope, ergo only 1,000 bottles are produced annually.
Crozes Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2017
Crozes Hermitage Rouge: Alain Graillot 2017
"fresh and focused style, with violet, white pepper, cassis and pastis notes streaming through, carried by a solid graphite edge through the finish. Drink now through 2027. 91/100." - James Moleworth, Wine Spectator.
Crozes Hermitage: Alain Graillot 'La Guiraude' 2016
"Olive, roasted meat and cherry notes mingle easily on the nose and palate. This is medium to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, fine, elegant finish. It should drink well for over a decade. 93/100." - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate.
This mixed case also contains two bottles each of:
Crozes Hermitage Blanc: Alain Graillot 2017
"This sensational white - made from 80% Marsanne, 20% Roussanne, and sealed with a screwcap (hoorah) is deceptively rich, with restrained, super-classy fruit and minutes long finish." - Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek.
Crozes Hermitage: Domaine Equis 'Equinoxe' 2018
Crozes Hermitage: Pascal Frères 2017
Crozes-Hermitage 'Silène': J-L Chave Sélection 2018
(Please note that the white Crozes-Hermitage: Domaine des Lises 2018 is only available in this offer case - it is not available for purchase individually).