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Maison Les Alexandrins Crozes-Hermitage - 2016

AOC Crozes-Hermitage

     

Avis

Inky ruby. Spice-tinged black raspberry and cherry liqueur aromas pick up a sexy floral nuance with aeration. Silky and broad on the palate, offering concentrated yet lively red and blue fruit preserve and violet pastille flavors energized by a vibrant mineral quality. Finishes gently sweet and quite long, with discreet tannins and a strong echo of sappy red fruit.

Succulent, juicy plum and cherry flavors are contrasted by firm, slightly bitter tannins in this plush, full-bodied Syrah. It's approachably fruit forward but maintains fresh acidity and a touch of granite minerality.

The pretty, aromatic 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Maison les Alexandrins shouldn’t be confused with the Domaine bottling, but it’s a charming wine in its own right, boasting hints of cracked pepper and licorice on the nose and cherry and olive flavors on the palate. It’s medium-bodied, with a lithe feel and supple tannins, ideal for drinking over the next 3-4 years.

Pure juniper and violets on the nose. The palate has inky concentration, but remains fresh. Good tannic grain and bright acidity bring a lovely sense of liveliness and purity, with a long finish. The best Crozes I've tasted from Alexandrins to date.