2017 Gilles Robin Alberic Crozes Hermitage
With a family history of winegrowing spanning four generations, Gilles Robin started in the wine business the way many in the Rhône do: His family sold grapes to the local cooperative. Nestled against the hillsides of Hermitage and St. Joseph in the appellation of Crozes–Hermitage, the estate was first planted in the late 1940s by Gilles’ grandparents, and it is this fruit that makes up his Cuvée Alberic Bouvet, named for his grandfather. This cuvée is aged in oak barrels, of which 20% are new. The Cuvée Papillon is the product of vines Gilles planted in 1996; it is aged entirely in tank to preserve its fresh and delicate fruit.The estate now totals 37 acres, including two and a half planted with white varietals and a small parcel of Syrah in St. Joseph. His vines are planted in the stony and sandy La Terrace de Chassis district. An understated, meticulous winemaker, Gilles farms his plots organically, believing this is the best way to honestly give voice to the terroir.
Wonderful loganberry aroma on the nose, or deeply intense raspberry and black cherry, after which exotic spice and freesia scents become apparent. Beautifully fresh and expressive in the mouth; medium-bodied and rounded with present but understated tannin and acidity. This is so delicious that it will inevitably be consumed straight away...but should you forget about few bottles, they will age beautifully for at least another 5-6 years.
France, Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage
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