The 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Le Grand Courtil was destemmed and brought up in used demi-muids. A brilliant bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, toasted spice, new leather, and white flowers gives way to a medium to full-bodied Crozes that has a stunning sense of minerality, a supple, seamless, opulent texture, plenty of structure, and a great finish. The quality continues to soar at Ferraton, and this is up with the top four to five wines from Crozes in 2017.
Deep, lurid ruby. Ripe blackberry, cherry, candied violet, cured meat and a hint of woodsmoke on the deeply perfumed nose. Offers late-coating black/blue fruit preserve flavors that spread out slowly with air and pick up a spicy suggestion of black pepper. In a plush, weighty style, in keeping with the vintage, finishing smooth, sweet and energetic, with velvety tannins adding subtle grip to the spice-tinged finish. (JR)
Aged entirely in barrel (15% new), the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil shows a hefty dose of smoke, baking spices and pencil shavings at the moment, although there's a solid core of cassis and blueberry fruit. It's full-bodied and concentrated, so give it a year or two to better integrate the oak and soften the dusty tannins on the finish … (JC)
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