Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sexy Syrah

The recent tastings on the blog have been from a mixed case..and although a few scored higher...this and the Goisot were not only very good..but well-priced..this little gem costs
€ 17...and it's beautifully packaged..
look at that photo!

David Reynaud, along with his mother Marceline, runs this vineyard. Up until 2002 production was sold to the local co-operative but then David decided to bottle under his own label which needed a new cuverie.He makes two cuvées of red Crozes from three very different and separate plots. The top cuvée, Les Croix, is made from grapes from a plot of older vines (over fifty years old).

Domaine Les Bruyeres

Crozes-Hermitage
Les Croix Vieilles Vignes 2004
Rhône , France

A soft 'Jungle Book' funky Syrah(100%)..
spices and tobacco..really lovely mouthful..soft, plush..light raspberry fruit..just a touch of tannins..very sexy..what more can you ask for?..

and a tip..open and drink..in my opinion..needed no airing.

Points 16.5

2 comments:

Shea said...

Good note. I wonder if you could recommend several crozes-hermitage wines in the hopes that I can find one of them in the British Columbia market. I love northern Rhone, and I've had a few C-H's before that have proven to be very good values.

Barry said...

Hi Shea,
2005 was an excellent vintage and I recommend these growers:

Domaine Chasselvin/Chomarat
Domaine Yann Chave
Domaine Delas Frères
Cave Fayolle Fils et Fille 'Senses'
Domaine Alain Graillot
Domaine Les Hauts Chassis 'Les Châssis

but do try some of the Côtes du Rhône Villages wines as well....2003 & 2004 even..if they are still around..they may seem overpriced..but the quality is usually very good indeed.
Happy hunting!..and let me know..

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