One of the largest appellations in Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage produces wines that are young, fruity and bold, with a spicy aroma and velvety tannins.
The appellation sits on a flattish riverbank and borders the more famous Ermitage appellation. Its soil mixture is unique: you can still taste a hint of the Ermitage granite deposits, but they are tempered with larger areas of alluvial soils containing sand and clay — which tend to be more nutrient-rich.
We find Crozes-Hermitage wines make great “starter-Rhônes.” Cheaper than Ermitage, and requiring less aging while still offering similar qualities, these wines are a great introduction to French Syrah.
Only made an official appellation recently, Crozes-Hermitage is a young appellation that grows young wines. A great choice if you want a fruitier Syrah, and don’t want to break the bank.
|Planted Grapes||Syrah mostly (Marsanne, Roussanne under 15%)|
|Production Area||2,960 acres|
|Soil||Ancient fluvio-glacial alluvia and round stone terraces.|
|Wine Flavor||Round and bold. Ripe fruit, blackcurrant and raspberry with a hint of leather as it ages. A slight spiciness. Velvety tannins.|
|Best Vintages||2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, 1990|
|Food Pairings||Roasts. Smoked meats.|