Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2010

AOC Crozes-Hermitage



More austere, the 2010 Crozes-Hermitage exhibits notes of tapenade, earth, licorice, bouquet garni, and red as well as black cherries.

Deep ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the fragrant, smoky nose. At once rich and lively, offering intense bitter cherry and cassis flavors that show very good depth and back-end punch. Finishes on a note of smoky bacon fat, with good tangy persistence.

Broad, promising nose of leather and tapenade. Fleshy and quite concentrated, refreshed by good acidity and a liquorice flash on finish. Complete, balanced Crozes with a chalky finish.

All from the plain. They have bought a bit of land here so it’s their flagship appellation. Meaty and very fruity and charming. Easy and a bit blobby.

Goûté également à l'aveugle et en vente depuis depuis deux jours lui aussi, ce vin, d'une coentreprise formée de Nicolas Jaboulet et de la famille Perrin, m'a semblé remarquable. La couleur est soutenue, le bouquet, ample, très Syrah, de fruits noirs, est harmonieux. La bouche, charnue, n'est pas en reste, avec de l'éclat et bâtie autour de beaux tannins à la fois serrés et tendres. Vin de négoce, la vinification et l'élevage, en grandes cuves de chêne, se font au Château de Beaucastel. Impeccable.

Full ruby. Aromas and flavors of cherry compote, anise and smoky herbs. Sappy and precise, with good lift and energy. Closes smoky and long, with a whiplash of bitter cherry and slow- mounting tannins.

First rate Croze-Hermitage. It is velvety in texture and full bodied; a wine with elegant complex character (cassis, aniseed, violet, blackberry jam), light oakiness (vanilla, tobacco), and a very persistent finish. Exceptional.

Solid, tarry grip runs through the blackberry, black currant and bramble notes, with good drive and focus on the finish, where bitter cherry and tobacco fill in.