Grape Source: Two domaines in Larnage, Battis and Mercurol
Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage is northern Rhône's largest appellation. Located on the right bank of the Rhône River, it almost completely surrounds the Hermitage appellation. The 250 acres of vineyards are mostly on the flatlands that spread out south and east of the hillsides of Hermitage. Syrah, Roussanne and Marsanne grapes are grown here.
Vine Age: 50 years and older
Soil: Clay and granite
Barrel Aging: An average of 20 months in new French oak (Allier and Tronçais)
There is no denying this wine of its terroir. It hums of its unmistakable origins and offers an original hint at licorice.
"Shows nice depth and power for the vintage, with roasted plum, coffee, graphite and dark currant paste flavors that are offset by a tangy tobacco note on the finish."
"Typical for Tardieu-Laurent, this wine is strongly marked by its barrel treatment, which may be enough to put off traditionalists. But the quality and concentration levels of the black cherry fruit underneath are high, and this rather full-bodied, muscular Crozes should develop nicely over the next 5–7 years."
"Youthful purple color. Highly perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, cassis, cinnamon and potpourri. Spicy, sharply focused red and dark berry flavors are complemented by smoky minerality and pick up a suave floral quality with air. Juicy and seamless wine with impressive finishing precision and lingering notes of flowers and spices."
International Wine Cellar