2018 Ferraton Père et Fils "Le Grand Courtil" Crozes-Hermitage

SKU #1531775 93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The flagship from Crozes is the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Le Grand Courtil, which will spend 12-14 months in barrel before bottling. Rocking notes of crème de cassis, spring flowers, olives, and pepper all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, has a kiss of background oak, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish. It's a stunning, balanced, pure Crozes Hermitage that makes the most of the vintage. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Spice-tinged dark berries, potpourri, olive paste and smoky bacon on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering densely packed blueberry, cherry preserve and candied violet flavors that are firmed by a spine of juicy acidity. Gently chewy tannins add grip to an impressively persistent, mineral- and spice-accented finish that strongly repeats the floral and olive note. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This red is suave, with rich waves of plum, dark currant and tobacco rolling through in unison, with subtle tugs of warm earth and bay on the finish. A buried mineral note peeks in as well. (JM) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A bit cedary on the nose, the 2018 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil packs in plenty of dark fruit flavors in behind the oak, offering notes of baked plum and blackberries, plus more savory hints of black olives and licorice. Full-bodied and supple, this velvety-textured offering can be drunk now or anytime over the next decade. (JC) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Pronounced aromas of vanilla and cherry cola announce this concentrated, lavish Syrah. The palate is marked by powerful streaks of sun-drenched cassis and blueberry flavors edged by char, smoke and peppercorn. Full bodied and a bit brawny but framed by fine, chalky tannins, the wine should improve through 2028 and hold longer still. (AI) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

K&L Notes

The history of Ferraton begins in 1946 when it was founded by Jean Orëns Ferraton. Acquiring vineyards in Hermitage, St-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. Son, Michel Ferraton joined his father years later and helped expand the estate's holdings. It was not until 1998 when the Godfather of the Northern Rhône, Michel Chapoutier, was welcomed as an investor in the winery and brought along his interests in organic and biodynamic farming. In 2008, oenologist Damien Bresset was added to the team and with his restrained hand, the wine began to truly express the best of the terroirs and their current profiles. Specializing in single site and appellation focused wines, Ferraton has one of the most exciting portfolios in the Northern (and a few surprise Southern) Rhône wines.

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