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Olivier Dumaine

The Dumaine family has resided in the village of Larnage since 1650. Today, Olivier and Maryline Dumaine continue this ancestral tradition.  Their capable hands work the steep, terraced parcels in the villages of Larnages and Saint-Jean-du-Muzols.  The parcels in Crozes-Hermitage and Saint Joseph are planted with ancient vines grown on granite hills, producing naturally low yields of concentrated, yet balanced wines.

Wines

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2022 Crozes-Hermitage ‘La Croix du Verre’ Red

Description

“Very dark robe; there’s an elegant fullness to the nose, neat black cherry, has calm depth. The palate works well, with its note of iron spine providing shape and direction. It’s very Larnage-typical, holds black fruit that isn’t macerated or jam-like, which is a major asset to keep it stylish. It has very good depth and togetherness, balance a major Crozes rouge 2022. It develops good streaks of mineral on the nose as it breathes. Air also renders it more intense, tarry, dense. Forget it for four or five years.”

Johnathan Livingston-Learmouth  ****(*)

Four of Five Stars.  Drink Rhone Oct 2023.  From late 2025 thru 2036

Ancient castle near parcel
castle near parcel
130+ year old parcel Syrah vines
Shelf Talker
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parcel of Syrah

2022 Crozes-Hermitage ‘La Croix du Verre’ blanc

Description

“Yellow robe.  Carries airs of baked bread, brioche, white raisin. Lime cordial; as it opens up, quince comes through. It carries a light mineral tone, and the balance is good. It develops it Marsanne tang stealthily, gives a large almond-hazelnut thrust on the close. 90% Marsanne (up from 70-80%). You should wait for this, decant it, its rich and will go well with fish in a cream sauce, or scallops.”

Johnathan Livingston-Learmouth  ****

Four of Five Stars.  Drink Rhone Oct 2023.  From late 2028 thru 2029

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parcel of Marsanne at harvest
parcel of Marsanne at harvest

2020 Saint Joseph

Description

“Excellent layered bouquet of cherries and garrigue. Juicy yet structured with layers of black fruit, and a subtle streak of paprika. Savory and subtle with ripe and fine tannins, great length with a long finish.”

Parcel at St Jean-de-Muzols, overview
Saint Joseph Olivier Dumaine
village of Tournon
village of Tournon
parcel at Tournon
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parcel at St Jean-de-Muzols
parcel at St Jean-de-Muzols