2009 E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage Rouge
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The exceptional 2009 Crozes-Hermitage is one of the top wines of the vintage. A complex bouquet of black olives, licorice, ground beef, spring flowers and red and black currants soars from the glass of this 100% Syrah that is aged in 3-year-old barrels as well as larger foudres. With remarkable density, this evolved, approachable, delicious, full-bodied Crozes should drink well for a decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Ripe, deeply smoky aromas of black and blue fruits and candied flowers. Dense, ripe and appealingly sweet in the mouth, but sappy blackberry and violet pastille flavors that show impressive energy. Finishes on a peppery note, with excellent clarity and suave, harmonious tannins.
Guigal's Crozes-Hermitage is grown in limestone, clay, and sandy gravel from primarily steep slopes around the villages of Gervans, Mercurol, Larnage, and Crozes-Hermitage. The 100% Syrah vines average 35 years of age and the wine spent 18 months in barrel before being bottled. 13% abv.