Olivier Dumaine

Crozes-Hermitage ‘La Croix du Verre’ Red

“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 finish is solid, grounded and elemental-it needs two winters to become civilized. The nose is elegant, the pallet is still dark and demanding. From mid 2019, 2027 through 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

“A mostly dark robe. The nose has a compact air of black fruits, a supple tendency. The palate shows black berry fruit, tar, a note of varnish. The tannins are dark; overall it ends in chunky fashion, and isn’t one of the polished up school of wines. The finish, which is a touch vegetal now, needs another 18 months. Genuine southern sector, quite firm St Joseph”

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