With all that goes into producing each bottle, this is indisputably among the finest values in our portfolio. A complete wine with juicy fruit, gulpability, and a sense of place, all for just twelve buckeroos: I dare you to find a better deal!
Beaming with enthusiasm, chef de cave Vincent Guillemot shared that his grandfather Pierre considers the 2017 vintage a dead ringer for his first-ever produced—the celebrated 1947. I wondered how seventy years later he could recall anything with such precision, but a realization struck me: as with any first, how could he forget? If you never get to try a bottle of that mythical vintage, the 2017s may be the next best thing....
“Kermit is crazy,” says Louis Barruol, with a smile and an approving wink, as he taps his wine thief into a fresh barrel of Crozes Hermitage. “We used to make two, maybe three cuvées together from the northern Rhône each year... and now... eleven!” For a brief moment, I see his mind flare up with thoughts of what eleven different cuvées really means: different bottlings, different stocks to manage, different labels, and different orders not to mix up. He then pulls out some purple, vibrant juice from the barrel and lets it into our glasses. We give it a whirl, and with Louis now reassured that it’s all worth it, he concedes, “Crazy is good!”
Red wines from higher-altitude regions or vineyards are often described as “mountain wines.” The term usually implies marked structure and acidity, leanness and struggle, and conjures up images of a grizzled alpinist...
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch
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