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2017 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Les Picheres" Crozes-Hermitage Rouge

SKU #1457474 92-93 points Vinous

 Youthful purple color. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented dark fruit, licorice, smoky bacon and tobacco aromas are sharpened by a zesty mineral element. Deeply pitched black/blue fruit flavors coat the palate and pick up bitter chocolate and floral pastille accents with air. In an ample, broad-shouldered style, showing strong persistence on a youthfully tannic finish that leaves a primary dark berry note behind. (60% aged in oak barrels, 15% of them new, and 40% aged for six months in concrete tanks) (JR)  (7/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Features a burly edge, with grippy tar, blackberry paste, roasted alder and chestnut notes rumbling through. Ends with a swath of baker's chocolate. Best from 2021 through 2026. 800 cases made, 200 cases imported. (JM)  (2/2020)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The velvety, full-bodied 2017 Crozes Hermitage Lieu-Dit Les Pichères comes from the commune of Beaumont-Monteux, on terraces of the Isère River. Aged 60% in barrel and the rest in concrete, it delivers concentrated cassis flavors seasoned with dried spices, both of which linger easily on the long finish. (JC)  (12/2019)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The single vineyard 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Lieu-Dit Les Pichères was all destemmed and spent 8-10 months in barrel followed by six months in concrete tank. Its saturated purple color is followed by a concentrated, almost backward 2017 that has outstanding purity in its ripe dark fruits, smoked earth, and peppered meat aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's a chewy, powerful wine... 90+  (12/2019)

90 points James Suckling

 Some smoky and quite flinty aromas here with pepper and aged meat, as well as blackberries and chocolate. The palate has elegance with some core power and concentrated dark berries and plums. Spiced chocolate to close. Quite bold. Try from 2023. (NS)  (10/2019)

K&L Notes

Ferraton, under the guidance of Michel Chapoutier, has created a range of stunning Lieu-Dit bottlings that emulate more the style of Burgundy with the beautiful Cru expressions. Les Picheres comes from the south facing slopes near the village of Beaumont-Monteux. The vines are planted in alluvial soils that sit over limstone subsoil. Made from 100% Syrah it is vinified in concrete, ages for about 8-10 months in barrel and then rests again in concrete for 6 months before bottling. Another beautiful near-naked iteration of these tremendous terroirs.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/28/2020 | Send Email
Under the watchful eye of Northern Rhone icon Michel Chapoutier, Ferraton has become one of the best iterations for small vineyard/terroir bottling expressions in the region. Each one has such precise detail, they emulate a more Burgundian sensibility but still reflect their true expression of Syrah from each site. Les Picheres is a beauty, packed with red fruit, smoky nuances and a depth of flavor that embodies the chalkier sites in Crozes. It is layered and will unfold for hours in the glass now but this is a bottle that wants to spend a few more years in hiding. Give it a that time and you will not be disappointed.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/24/2020 | Send Email
This smells like Rhone Valley Syrah, dark, rich and savory. This is not a simple poor man's version of some other fancier appellation that I will not name. This wine has guts and intensity. The palate is dark fruits that are backed with leather, smoke, spice, and dusty tannins. This is a wine that wants food, the heartier the better.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2020 | Send Email
First thing I noticed when the wine hit the glass, is that it is black. Jet Black. Midnight black. Almost startling as it comes out of the bottle. As for the taste, its all blue fruited and savory. Just like Syrah from this part of the world should be. But what I found really exciting was the level of concentration and power to this wine. Mount-coating, the tannins wrap around the palate. This is not your Grandmother’s Crozes. This strives to be something remarkably more serious. Big, building, and powerful there’s not an ounce of babyfat on this wine.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2020 | Send Email
The nose of this wine tells you it is Syrah, but it's whispered until it hits your palate, then you know it's Syrah. On the palate there's a bit of grip and grit, slightly rough and tumble. There's lots of wine lurking in the background for the patient.

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