Maison Les Alexandrins Crozes-Hermitage - 2019
The vineyard of Crozes Hermitage isn’t as old as that of Hermitage. It developed over this century towards the south to the detriment of fruit orchards.
In the north the terroir is composed of granite slopes similar to those of Hermitage. In the south the soil is mainly alluvial with a few stony terraces brought by the Rhône river. The vines are south facing, on slopes where the Mistral blows frequently. The wines produced in the North and those in the South of the appellation are very different.
After a mild winter and spring, conditions were perfect when everything changed
on June 15th: a hailstorm destroyed a large part of the Crozes-Hermitage vines.
Then we experienced a heatwave in the summer, one of the hottest of the decade,
which caused some berries to burn. Our team’s efforts paid back fortunately and we managed to save part of the vineyard in great sanitary condition. And if Nature is
sometimes harsh, it can also be generous. The harvest went perfectly well and
although the quantities are limited, this vintage promises to be magnificent, despite
a climatically and morally complicated year. The years in 9 regularly mark the
memory of winegrowers and this vintage was no exception.
Crozes Hermitage is the biggest vineyard among the Northern Rhône appellations with over 1300 hectares. It is spread over 11 different communes situated in the department of La Drôme on the left bank of the Rhône river.
The grapes are cold-macerated before being fermented to increase the aromas of fruit. Maceration and fermentation for about 20 days with pumping-over for the first few days followed by punching-down. Ageing takes place in barrels for 10 months and then in stainless steel for another 6 months.
This vintage reveals a pretty deep-purple colour. The nose is captivating and complex, it develops aromas of red fruit, spices and subtle smoky notes. The wine is perfectly balanced, and on the palate, the red fruit explodes evolving into notes of sour cherries and liquorice.
This wine offers immediate pleasure. As soon as you open it the fruit is there. You can serve this wine at about 16-17°C with grilled food.
Syrah : 100 %
Juicy and ripe, with a still-compact feel as the core of fig and boysenberry reduction has yet to unfurl fully, but there's racy licorice root and anise notes in the background and good energy overall, so just give it the time needed. Best from 2022 through 2027.
Wine Spectator , 92/100 , 2021-02-28
Spiced-pear and baked-apple aromas lead to a palate that has a rich, fresh, melon and pear core with deep, soft and fleshy texture. Drink now.
James Suckling , 90/100 , 2019-07-20
I loved the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage. It has plenty of earthy, darker fruits as well as peppery herb notes, which is classic for the appellation. Nicely textured on the palate, with medium to full body and soft tannins, this charming, balanced Crozes-Hermitage is drinking nicely today yet will keep for at least 5-7 years, probably longer, if you're so inclined.
Jeb Dunnuck , 90/100 , 2020-11-19