Domaine les Alexandrins - Crozes-Hermitage - 2018
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.
In 2018, we were lucky to have another very good vintage in the Northern Rhône Valley. A generous and qualitative crop despite major climatic hazards that required the greatest attention.
There was an early start to the vegetative cycle with a particularly rainy spring, especially in May and June, causing suspicions of mildew, which, fortunately did not take place. Then the summer was scorching hot with drought and risks hailstorms. These tense and extreme conditions required increased monitoring, responsiveness and constant vigilance in the vineyard.
The harvest then began under bright sunshine on August 31st with our first harvest on the Brézèyme appellation and ended on September 25th with the red St Joseph. For each area, the sessions were quite short, with a very strict selection of the bunches, in order to harvest at optimum maturity while maintaining freshness and liveliness. We have worked daily, tasting the berries, differentiating the age of the vines, the grape varieties, the terroirs to personalise each snip of secateurs and only select the best.
Thus, the 2018 wines are ample, voluptuous and generous, with great liveliness and freshness.
Maceration 3 days cold.
Two pump-over + two punch down/ day.
Fermentation 20 days.
In what was a particularly hot vintage, the Syrah expressed itself to perfection on this terroir of round pebbles to offer a characterful, rich and intense wine. Deep black in hue, with emphatic aromas of black fruit and pepper, this is a wine that is powerful and distinguished in the mouth, with excellent cellaring potential.
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
Coming from estate vineyards, the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage was all destemmed and brought up in used barrels. This deep purple/plum-hued effort offers textbook dark blackberry and black raspberry fruits intermixed with textbook olive, pepper, and
floral aromas and flavors. Balanced, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured and seamless on the palate, with ultra-fine tannins, it's a beautifully complex, layered Crozes Hermitage that's going to shine right out of the gate, yet also evolve for a decade. I often don't find a difference in the quality between the Maison and Domaine releases, but in 2018, the Domaine looks to be a step up.
Jeb Dunnuck , 92-94/100 , 2019-12-01
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