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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|
|Grapes||Syrah||Open||1 or 2 hours before|
|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|
|Maturing||12 months in oak barrels|