1999 M. Chapoutier "Les Varonniers" Crozes-Hermitage (Previously $100)

SKU #1428517 92 points Wine & Spirits

 *No tasting note given*  (10/2002)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Sappy, superripe aromas of cherry liqueur and sweet oak. Dense, sweet and deep, with cherry and licorice flavors. Finishes with big, sweet, chewy tannins, excellent length and a strikingly aromatic character. Here's a '99 that's better in the bottle than it was from barrel a year ago. (ST)  (1/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 Quite brownish ruby. Both bottles have a slightly metallic note on the nose. Definitely different! Wild and complex on the nose – quite sweet on the palate with a spine of tannin still. A certain soft mellowness. A good bottle for future drinking. Satisfying. 16.5/20  (6/2005)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The luxury cuvee of Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonniers emerges from the granite hills behind the Hermitage appellation. This is the finest wine of the appellation, but, sadly, only 500 or so cases are produced. The saturated dark-ruby colored, medium-bodied 1999 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres offers up aromas of plums, currants, cherries, smoke, and dried herbs. While it may ultimately merit an outstanding score, it possesses more austerity as well as firm tannin than previous examples. Although firm, with good grip as well as impressive concentration, it requires additional aging. (RP)  (4/2002)

Wine Spectator

 Appealingly rich, but also quite tannic. This medium-bodied Syrah has sweet fruit along with mineral character. Ends with intensity. (PM)  (9/2001)

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