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2015 Crozes Hermitage “Tiercerolles”

Barruol / Lynch

2015 Crozes Hermitage “Tiercerolles” Barruol / Lynch - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Back in the seventies, Gérard Chave showed me some Crozes vineyards in the hills behind Hermitage that he thought surpassed others in the appellation. This wine is from those Hermitage-like sites. It has a grand cru aroma, a sumptuous, structured palate, and a long, deep, flavorful aftertaste. The 2015 Tiercerolles is above and beyond anything I have previously tasted from Crozes Hermitage—and let’s face it, folks, this is KLWM’s 45th anniversary, so I have tasted tons of Crozes over the past 45 years. Here’s the best.

Kermit Lynch

$35.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Crozes Hermitage
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Barruol Lynch - Northern Rhône
Winemaker: Louis Barruol
Vineyard: 30-50 years
Soil: Granite
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Northern Rhône

On the wines of the northern Rhône, Kermit wrote in Adventures on the Wine Route, “The best combine a reminder of the sunny Mediterranean with the more self-conscious, intellectual appeal of the great Burgundies farther north, which is not a bad combination.” Like the wines of Provence, Burgundy, and Beaujolais, Kermit was introduced to this region by Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters.

Though technically part of the same region as the southern Rhône and connected by the Rhône River, much differentiates the north from the south. The climate is continental and in general cooler than that Mediterranean climate of the south. The appellations are significantly smaller: Cornas has less than 300 acres planted to vine and Hermitage around 345. The area planted is minute when compared to Gigondas (3,000+ acres) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (nearly 8,000 acres). Many of the great wines come from steep hillside vines—terraced during Roman times. It was clear to the Romans that great wine could be made here and DNA evidence now shows that Syrah is in fact indigenous to the Rhône.

The terroir is predominantly granite and lastly, blends of the wines are mostly single grape varieties. Only four grape varieties are permitted in AOC blends: Syrah, Viogner, Marsanne, and Roussanne (as compared to the 19 permitted varieties allowed in Châteauneuf). The red wines are nearly all Syrah and Condrieu and Château Grillet must be 100% Viogner. The whites of Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Saint Péray, and Crozes-Hermitages may only be blends of Marsanne and Roussanne.

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2016 Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah

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2015 Côte-Rôtie

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2015 Côte-Rôtie “Besset”

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$79.00

2015 Saint Joseph Rouge “Vieilles Vignes”

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$40.00

2013 Côte Rôtie “La Boisselée”

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$79.00

2014 Côte Rôtie “La Boisselée”

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2015 Côte Rôtie “La Boisselée”

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2015 Hermitage Blanc “La Pierrelle”

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2013 Hermitage Rouge “La Pierrelle”

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2014 Côte-Rôtie “La Viaillère”

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$75.00

2015 Côte-Rôtie “Nève”

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2014 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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