Crozes Hermitage 2011 - Laurus

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Your Sommelier definitely has a crush on well-made Crozes Hermitage reds such as this one. This appellation produces wines which are typical of the Rhône Valley but lighter in body and fresher than most other local appellations. Very well structured Syrah with a fruity palate and elegant wooden notes, this bottle will make happy any amateur looking for a good quality yet affordable red from the Rhône Valley. Rightly noted 88 by Robert Parker!
 
Wine Characteristics Tasting and cellaring
Domain Maison Gabriel Meffre Eye Dark purple
Vintage 2011 Nose  Red and black fruit with mineral notes and hints of sweet pastries
Appellation Crozes Hermitage Mouth Big, rich and well-structured wine with a delicate and fresh finish
Area Rhône Valley Drink from Now
Colour Red Drink before 2018
Grapes Syrah Open  1 or 2 hours before
Type Dry Drinking temperature 16-17°C
       
Food pairing
A bit more sophisticated than a simple Côtes du Rhône, this Crozes Hermitage would suit perfectly a nice dinner with friends. With lamb chops for example!
 
A word about the domain
Laurus is the high-end brand of the winemaker Gabriel Meffre, a “Negoce” house created in 1936. From a small family business at the beginning, it has become a well-established house, producing great and very consistent wines either from its own domains or its “negoce” activity. For Laurus, the house is selecting only the best grapes from their partners and is taking a very important part in the management of the vineyards to ensure the highest quality. Winemaking is then made according to the house “savoir-faire” and many critics have been praising their wines as great example of the Rhône Valleys appellations.
 
What experts say
About the domain
Bettane & Desseauve: 2* (Good production)

About the wine
Wine Spectator: 89
"Tasty dark fig, cocoa and graphite notes are melded here, with a fleshy feel that hangs through the finish. Shows good stuffing for the vintage."

Robert Parker: 88
"The 2011 Crozes Hermitage Laurus offers up attractive blackberry, raspberry and spice to go with a big, rich and nicely textured profile on the palate. A blend of 100% Syrah that spent 18 months in 30% French oak, it should drink nicely for 7-8 years."
 
And finally for the wine geeks…
Soil Granitic soils and clay soils covered with small pebbles
Age of vines 32 years old on average
Yield 39 hl/ha
Maturing 12 months in oak barrels
Production 7,500 btls
Bottled March 2013
Alcohol 12.5%

 

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