Maison Les Alexandrins Crozes-Hermitage - 2016

AOC Crozes-Hermitage

Crozes est le plus grand vignoble parmi les appellations septentrionales avec un peu plus de 1300 hectares. Il s'étend sur 11 communes situées dans la Drôme sur la rive gauche du Rhône. Le vignoble n'est pas aussi ancien que celui de l'Hermitage, et il s'est développé depuis le début du 20ème siècle au détriment des cultures fruitières.


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.

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.

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.

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.