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 violet color. Deeply perfumed dark berry, violet and olive paste aromas are complemented by a smoky mineral nuance and an exotic apricot note. Sweet and seamless in texture, offering pliant black raspberry, cherry flavors and a building floral nuance. Dusty tannins form steadily on a very long, smoke-tinged finish that strongly repeats the floral note. (raised for a year in demi-muids, then given another eight months of aging in concrete tanks) (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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