Domaine les Alexandrins - Crozes-Hermitage - 2019
4 hectares, Clay-sand.
Vineyards located in the villages of Pont d’Isère (Les Flouris) and Beaumont Monteux (Vie Magne).
Semi-continental and Mediterranean climate sometimes.
After the hail damage of 2019, we had to nurse our vineyards back to health with a range of gentle but complementary nutrients. This made 2020 a technically exacting year, especially since the weather reserved many surprises for us. Spring was extraordinarily hot and dry and, despite a short break in June when some welcome rain fell, summer saw a continuation of drought conditions right up until the harvest. With a high risk of mildew at the start of the season, constant and unpredictable winds, powdery mildew half way through the season and the threat of high temperatures and scorching, we were spared nothing, and it required a major effort to cope. Fortunately, the occasional shower, fairly cool nights and morning dew meant the vines did not suffer too much from the summer heat, and all our hard work seems to have paid off with the promise of a fine vintage. To avoid the hottest moments of the day, we began picking from 6 am so as to pick the grapes while they were cool. We began with the whites on August 19 and continued with the reds through until September 16. First tastings revealed aromatic wines of great freshness, with degrees rarely exceeding 13.5°. After so many twists and turns, it is a vintage that reverts to origin in a very “Northern Rhône” style, after the mediterranean vintage of 2018 and 2019.
Maceration 3 days cold.
Two pump-over + two punch down/ day.
Fermentation 20 days.
The Syrah shows its full expression on these 4ha of sandy clay and rolled pebbles. The colour is very intense black, with beautiful purple reflections. Deep and complex on the nose, it reveals aromas of blackcurrant, violet and spices as well as smoky notes. On the palate, it reveals all its richness and subtle dense tannins and aromas of black fruit such as cherry and blackcurrant, accompanied by fine aging in barrels. This wine has a good aging potential, it will be ideal to drink over the next six years, accompanied by grilled red meat, a spicy dish or a stew with character.
Tasting temperature 15 to 18°C.
Profil sérieux, rappelant le fruit noir concentré de Cornas. La bouche est musclée sans excès. La rondeur de l'alcool lui apporte un certain charme.
La Revue du Vin de France , 15-16/20 , 2019-05-29
I loved the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage from barrel last year and it showed beautifully from bottle. Its dense purple color is followed by rocking notes of black raspberry fruits, tapenade, ground pepper, and smoked earth. This rich, medium to full-bodied, concentrated Crozes-Hermitage has a wonderful texture, ripe tannins, and a great finish. Well worth seeking out, this terrific 2018 will evolve for 10-15 years.
Jeb Dunnuck , 94/100 , 2020-11-19
Semi-stemmy on the nose, giving subtle herby notes, plus dark black fruit which gives full body. Attractive soy character on the finish.
Jancis Robinson , 16/20 , 2019-10-01