Change of vintages
The following wines have changed vintage:
Wine Advocate 87
The 2012 Haut Faugères felt a little overdone on the nose with smudged sloes and strawberry fruit. The palate is sweet on the entry with succulent ripe tannin. It feels "furry" in texture, although the oak is nicely integrated and the finish is seductive and rounded - black cherries, leather and a hint of brown spice. It finishes better than it begins, so enjoy this now and over the next 5-8 years.
Guide Hachette Vins 2017
This 2014 opens on citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and ripe fruits (white peach). Good attack, the palate is underlined by a fine acidity offering a pleasant touch of minerality on the finish. A vibrant Sancerre and typical of the terroir.
Wine Advocate 89
The inky-colored 2014 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Particuliere is 100% destemmed Syrah that comes from clay and limestone soils, and spent 12 months in a combination of new and used demi-muids. It’s a classic Syrah from this estate and offers notes of plums, black raspberries, licorice, spice and subtle oak. These give way to a medium-bodied, fresh, balanced Syrah that has ripe tannin and terrific purity of fruit. Drink 2015-2021
Wine Spectator 90
Ripe and very silky in feel, with a beam of raspberry coulis streaming through, picking up light anise, shiso leaf and incense notes along the way. Offers a sneakily long finish. Drink now through 2024.
Wine Advocate 89-91
The classic cuvee is the 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape Classique and checks in as a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and the rest Syrah and Mourvèdre. All from the rolled stone soils of the Les Serres lieu-dit, it offers tons of peppery herbs, licorice and both blackberry and black raspberry-like fruit. Big, fruit filled and textured, it’s a terrific wine in the vintage and represents a good value.