2015 Cave de Tain "Grand Classique" Crozes-Hermitage SKU #1361046

Price: $19.99

DC 93 VN 92 RP 91
JS 90
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K&L Notes

Cave de Tain is no simple cooperative. They are the stewards of some of the best holdings in the Rhone Valley in particular, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. The winery was founded in 1933 by Louis Gambert de Loche, himself a holder of about 50 acres on the fabled hillside. Since its inception and a few generations later, the winery works directly with all its growers using sustainable practices in all the vineyards. The "Grand Classique" is made from 100% Syrah all from the galets (rolled pebbles) part of the Crozes appellation. The wine imparts a classic nose of black fruits, peppery spices and supple tannins. Whether on its own for sipping or paired with food, this is an immediate and inviting style that shows the versatility of Syrah.

Staff Reviews

  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    K&L Staff Member
    The most striking thing to me about this all-around superstar Crozes-Hermitage was the minerality. Soft white rock slices through the palate, so clean and well-balanced against a gorgeous bouquet of black and purple fruits, and a very rustic helping of savory toasted herbs and sweet spices. This was a joy to drink on its own, and took off running once I introduced some slow-cooked lamb shank to the party. Ready now, but will only improve over the coming years. Decant.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    There is something in the water… or in this case, the land. And by something, I mean Northern Rhone Syrah's! They are one of a kind! The Cave de Tain is emblematic of that. First sip is bright, spicy with a burst of wild strawberries. On the palate, it is medium bodied, full of earth, pepper and plums. These are just a few of the flavors and aromas that stand out in the glass. The tannin's are integrated with a wonderful balance of acidity which ends in a elegantly long finish. ​ Why are they so damn good? It has to be something in the water, er, I mean land…
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    The wonderful thing about a Crozes is all that Hermitage goodness without all that Hermitage price tag. This baby Hermitage is impressive to say the least. The wine has real polish and class well above its price tag. For a mere $20 you effectively get all that delicious Syrah charm in a glass of wine that’s pretty much ready to drink today. There’s a subtle hint of spice, blueberries, and licorice on the nose. The palate is seamless with well integrated fruit. The finish is long and pleasing. Give this wine a chance to breathe as it only got better with air.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The beauty of Cave de Tain does not just emanate from the breathtaking view of the hill of Hermitage as you glance out the window from their tasting room. It is the fact that this cooperative has transcended that status and become one of the clearest cut examples of soil to glass expressions in their Rhone wines. The facility is a mix of state-of-the-art and tradition. The old cellars are surrounded by modern tanks and it is a happy medium of both worlds. The winemaking is clear cut and low intervention which is the best way to get that pure expression of each terroir. None embodies that philosophy more than this pristine little Crozes-Hermitage. It has a gorgeous nose of brambly black fruit, dusty Mediterranean herbs and spices and savory smoky meats. It is not overt though, inviting you in and giving you the the most polished mouthfeel and sweet tannins. One of our favorite Rhone authorities, Jeb Dunnuck calls this "probably the top co-op in the world," and when you taste this wine, its hard not to agree.


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