Maison Les Alexandrins Crozes-Hermitage - 2017

AOC Crozes-Hermitage



From young vines from the southern Terrace de Chassis section of Crozes-Hermitage on clay-limestone soils, aged in triconic oak vats. The focus of this wine is on the succulent red fruit, backed up by liquorice and gentle spice, and a lovely sense of balance. This is subtle, enticing and unfussy, with tannins that tread lightly but with purpose. Due to be bottled in late September.

The 2017 Crozes Hermitage sports a saturated purple color as well as a big mouthful of blackberry and black cherry fruits, incense, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, medium body, present tannins, and plenty of length, all making for an outstanding, high-quality wine that will keep for 6-7 years.

With a bit more stuffing and texture than the charming 2016, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Maison les Alexandrins should prove to be superior. There’s an herbal, grassy note on the nose but also potent black cherry fruit. It’s full-bodied, with a creamy, plush texture on the mid-palate that turns velvety on the long finish.

Some reductive aromas here that need some air to blow clear. Then, plums and berries around abound. The palate has very plush feel; open-knit tannins carry ripe, fleshy fruit flavors. Drink or hold.

Deep ruby. Smoke-accented dark berry, olive and candied violet aromas are lifted by a spicy pepper nuance. Supple and broad on the palate, offering bitter cherry, cassis, licorice and cracked pepper flavors. In a fruit-forward style, with dusty tannins building slowly on a spicy, persistent finish.

Plush and smoky, with smoldering bay leaf and tobacco notes amid steeped plum and blackberry fruit flavors. Black tea and sanguine elements curl through the seductive finish. Best from 2020 through 2027.