The only 2017 presented, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Christophe comes from older vines (65- to 70-year-old vines) and was brought up in 70% new French oak. Its saturated purple color is followed by a ripe, powerful bouquet of blackberries, blackcurrants, ground pepper, saddle leather, and leafy herbs. With subtle background oak, full body, ripe tannins, and terrific balance, it's a big rich, stacked Crozes Hermitage that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade or more. 93+
This has rich, dark-plum and chocolate aromas and flavors with a savory thread of licorice, graphite, espresso and toasted oak spice. The tannins are very plush and attractively fleshy. Really glossy plums to close. Drink or hold. (NS)
Coming from 65- to 70-year-old vines planted on the white clays around Larnage and aged entirely in barrel (70% new), the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee Christophe offers up seductive notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Yet there's enough rich, dark fruit under this veneer of oak to support it. Full-bodied, plush and velvety, there's no denying the modernity of this wine, but it's very well made, finishing on lingering notes of licorice and baking spices. (JC) 92+
Dark violet. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berries and cherry cola on the nose, along with a building floral quality and a hint of vanilla. Broad and fleshy in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet blackberry, blueberry, cherry preserve and cola flavors and an earthier suggestion of licorice. Finishes very long and smooth, with resonating floral and spice notes and sneaky tannins that lend gentle closing grip. Two-thirds new oak. (JR)
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