Coming from a single vineyard of gravelly, sandy soils near Mercurol, the 2015 Crozes Ermitage Le Grand Courtil is another killer wine. Blackberries, black raspberries, cassis, crushed herbs and gravelly, mineral notes all give way to a full-bodied, ripe, concentrated Crozes that shines for its purity and balance. Forget bottles for 3-4 years and drink it over the following decade. The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? They’re made in tiny quantities and there’s just not enough to go around. For readers who don’t know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team.
The most expensive Crozes release is the 2015 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil, which comes from a single parcel of sedimentary soils and is raised in 15% new barrels. It’s another locked and loaded Crozes that has tons of fruit, a deep, saturated purple color, good acidity and ripe, sweet tannin. At the moment, all of the Crozes Hermitage releases share a lot of similarities, but I’m sure they’ll show more singular characters with additional time in barrel. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines I’ve tasted from this team. (JD)
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