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Les Alexandrins Crozes-Hermitage 2017

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Winemaker Notes

Beautiful purple-red, dense color. The nose develops fresh aromas of violet and red fruit with a mineral touch and a hint of spice like grey pepper. On the palate, there is great balance between freshness and density, this wine reveals silky tannins and beautiful aromas of liquorice and red fruit, extending on notes of violets. The perfect combination of balance and richness.

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RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A bit less flattering at this stage than either the négociant Crozes or the 2016 domaine bottling, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine les Alexandrins is all about structure at the moment, with crisp, almost shrill acids and grainy, coarse tannins. Thankfully, there's plenty of briary, herbal, plummy fruit to compensate and a refreshing, ripe note of licorice on the long finish that bodes well for the future.
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JD 90
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2017 Crozes Hermitage sports a saturated purple color as well as a big mouthful of blackberry and black cherry fruits, incense, and peppery herb aromas and flavors. It has good acidity, medium body, present tannins, and plenty of length, all making for an outstanding, high-quality wine that will keep for 6-7 years.
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Les Alexandrins

Les Alexandrins

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Les Alexandrins, France
Domaine & Maison Les Alexandrins came into being with the collaboration of three figures of the Northern Rhône Valley: Nicolas Jaboulet, 6th generation of a winegrowing family in Tain l’Hermitage since 1834; Guillaume Sorrel, son of Marc Sorrel of Domaine Sorrel in Hermitage; and Alexandre Caso, specialist in the terroirs of the Northern Rhône. They came together in 2012 when Jaboulet (head of Maison Nicolas Perrin, founded in 2007) and Sorrel along with Caso (who together founded Domaine Les Alexandrins in Mercurol in 2009) began working parcel-by-parcel in Crozes-Hermitage for the wines of Maison Nicolas Perrin. Their shared knowledge of the terroir, of the wines that have marked the history of the Northern Rhône Valley, and their appreciation of the great wines of their region quickly inspired them to go even further together. In 2014, the desire of Caso and Sorrel to promote the Domaine Les Alexandrins wines and Jaboulet's ambition to anchor Maison Nicolas Perrin in the heart of the Northern Rhône Valley led the three men to strengthen their cooperation. From 2015, Maison Nicolas Perrin took a majority share in Domaine Les Alexandrins, reflected in the change of name to “Domaine et Maison Les Alexandrins”. Their collaboration made it possible to pursue the dream of Domaine Les Alexandrins – that of making Northern Rhône wines that embody pure classicism – and at the same time transform Maison Nicolas Perrin and Maison Les Alexandrins to expand an offer already long acclaimed for its quality across all the appellations of the Northern Rhône.
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Crozes-Hermitage

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Crozes-Hermitage is Northern Rhone’s largest appellation, surrounding the steep granite faces of Hermitage to its north and south. Here the rolling vineyards are less extreme and its soils, rich in clay-limestone and alluvial matter, produce Syrahs that range from fruity and charming to lush and seductive. The Syrahs of Crozes-Hermitage have more mass than those from St. Joseph but are less intense than those from Hermitage. While many are intended for early consumption, some of the best Syrahs from Crozes-Hermitage will age beautifully for 5-10 years.

Up to 15% of white grapes may theoretically be added to red Crozes at the time of fermentation but whether this is done or not depends on the decision of the winemaker. The best Crozes-Hermitage Syrahs will be fleshy with black fruit (currant, blackberry and black cherry) and bay leaf qualities, notes of tar and stone, and a well-concentrated finish of smooth tannins.

About a tenth of the wine produced in Crozes-Hermitage is white, primarily composed of Marsanne supplemented by smaller amounts of Roussanne.

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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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