Olivier Dumaine

Crozes-Hermitage ‘La Croix du Verre’ Red

Syrah
““Bright red, arresting robe.  The bouquet exercises restraint, comes with a poised, floating, quietly perfumed air of red raspberry. The palate holds intricate dark fruit, and the tannins have a gnarled punch to them. The nose is elegant, the pallet is still dark and demanding. From 2019-2029.”

Jonathan Livingston Learmonth FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE Oct 2016

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Crozes-Hermitage ‘La Croix du Verre’ blanc

100% Marsanne

2015

Rather full yellow robe. This has a slinky bouquet, offers curvy cooked lemon, citrus airs, with hazelnut, orange peel: it’s a good example of fresh and also ripe Marsanne. The palate gives a smooth textured run of white fruits with squeezy gras at the centre of the wheel. It picks up tangy and vanilla touches towards the finish, and gives a note of aniseed, and its cut, on the finish. There is a little 2015 vintage glow on the aftertaste. Prime STGT white Crozes with much pleasure from the savoury centre. Thru 2021-22  Johnathan Livingston-Learmoth. Drink Rhone. Oct 2016

“Borderline outstanding, the 2013 Crozes-Hermitage BLANC is a beautiful blend of 100% Marsanne that comes from 50-year-old vines grown on granite soils. It has textbook white currants, peach, honesuckle and hints of minerality to go with medium to full-bodied richness, bright acidity and terrific length. Clean, classy and well-made, its a perfect introduction in the whites of the northern Rhone, and it should have an easy 4-5 years of longevity, possibly more. Anticipated Maturity 2014-2019.  89 Points. Wine Advocate Issue 216

2013 ()

Yellow robe, tapers at the top. Overtly nutty, roast almond air with peach fruit alongside: a nose that fills the glass with an honest depth. The palate is suavely textured, bears Marsanne gras richness, as if from old vines – has that serene depth (tasted blind). A note of vanilla and white raisin, with a sudden tangy kick, ends its journey, the aftertaste warm from its degree. Thru 2019-20   Johnathan Livingston-Learmoth. Drink Rhone. Jan 2015 

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Saint Joseph

100% Syrah

“Beautifully pure and textured, with blackberry and violet flavors, supported by juicy acidity and minerality.”

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