January 24, 2018 94-97 Points Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2016 Hermitage Les Bessards offers more violets and floral notions, with hints of blue fruits (cassis, blueberries), full-bodied richness and building, sweet, polished tannin. It’s another ripe, opulent 2016 that’s going to drink nicely in its youth, yet age gracefully given its purity and balance. While a step back from the otherworldly 2015, this brilliant wine is one of the gems in the vintage.”

January 24, 2018 92-94 Points Jeb Dunnuck

“Leading off the two Hermitage releases, the 2016 Hermitage Domaine Des Tourettes comes from the Bessards (the bottom part) and les Grandes Vignes, which are both granite soils. Black raspberries, cassis, burning embers, saddle leather and graphite characteristics all emerge from this opulent, concentrated, impressively textured Hermitage. It has plenty of structure, yet the tannins are sweet, and I suspect it will be approachable at a reasonable age.”

January 24, 2018 91-93 Points Jeb Dunnuck

“Lastly, the 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Le Clos comes mostly from a single parcel (the Les Saviots lieu-dit) of older vines. It offers terrific notes of cassis, black raspberries, toasted spice and dried flowers. With medium to full-bodied richness, terrific purity and ripe tannin, it’s one of the undeniable successes in the vintage.”

January 24, 2018 91-93 Points Jeb Dunnuck

“The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Des Grands Chemins is even better. Plums, blackberries, peppery herbs, and earth give way to a broad, expansive, beautifully textured Syrah that has sweet tannin and a great mouthfeel. It’s going to drink nicely through 2026.”

January 24, 2018 88-90 Points Jeb Dunnuck

“There are three Crozes-Hermitage releases. The 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes is the entry-level release, all from alluvial soils in the southern part of the appellation. Peppery herbs, violets and blackberry notes flow to a nicely textured, fresh, balanced Crozes-Hermitage that does well in the vintage.”

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