Domaine Les Alexandrins - Crozes-Hermitage - 2017

AOC Crozes-Hermitage



A bit less flattering at this stage than either the négociant Crozes or the 2016 domaine bottling, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine les Alexandrins is all about structure at the moment, with crisp, almost shrill acids and grainy, coarse tannins. Thankfully, there’s plenty of briary, herbal, plummy fruit to compensate and a refreshing, ripe note of licorice on the long finish that bodes well for the future.

Domaines Les Alexandrins own 5ha of vines, up to 80 years of age, near the communes of Pont d’Isère and Beaumont Monteux. In this site, galet roulet stones overlay clay-sandy soils – a classic soil type typical of quality southern Crozes-Hermitage, and quite different from the more granite soils to the north of the appellation. This wine has liquorice aromatics and smoked black cherry notes that swirl out of the glass with real concentration and power thanks to the hot 2017 summer. It’s extremely drinkable with a saline kick that draws out the finish and has you coming back for more. This bottling keeps things fruit focussed, with stainless steel vinification before moving the wine into Burgundy barrels for ageing.