Crozes Hermitage is the largest of the appellations of the Northern Rhône, comprising just over 2500 acres planted to Syrah for red wine and Marsanne and Roussanne for white. The vineyards are largely on the plain, producing reasonably priced wines, but there are some excellent hillside vineyards which provide concentrated, long-lived wines. In general, the red wines have forthright Syrah flavors, spicy and persistent, with satisfying vigor and intensity of flavor in an appealingly rustic style.
This starts out lush and black, a seductive syrah with floral notes on its plummy fruit. Then the ferrous tannins creep up, reddening the fruit and imbuing it with a steadfast firmness. It finishes rich and earthy... Best Buy.
Dark ruby. A highly fragrant bouquet displays cherry, dark berries and an exotic pit fruit quality. Juicy, focused and mineral-driven, offering intense bitter cherry and fruitcake flavors and firm acidity on the back end. Becomes spicier with air and finishes on a sappy dark berry note, with very good, peppery persistence.
The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his career, participated in the... View More