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2020 Crozes-Hermitage Rouge

Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne
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Of all the Northern Rhône producers we work with today, Domaine Marsanne was the first whose wines Kermit imported, back in the early 1980s. “My first taste of [the domaine’s] wine,” he wrote in the February 1982 newsletter, “was in Burgundy when Aubert de Villaine served the 1977 at lunch in Bouzeron.” After a brief period of importing the family’s Saint Josephs and Crozes-Hermitages, the family prioritized its small production for local clientele and Kermit went on to find other vignerons around the region’s sleepy villages who, in just a decade, helped turn such appellations as Cornas, Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, and Saint-Joseph into the revered sources of Syrah they are today.
      Then, a few years ago, Kermit recognized the Marsanne name on a wine list in Paris and, remembering his relationship with the family decades before, ordered a bottle. Providing great pleasure and typicity of its northern Rhône terroir, the bottle was enough to inspire renewed contact with the current generation of Marsannes, Jean-Claude and his two daughters, who produce not only exquisite Saint-Josephs but also this sublime Crozes-Hermitage from a small, but ideally situated plot of 50-year-old vines that Jean-Claude inherited from his grandmother. Dark, textured, and aromatic, this bottling boasts beautiful notes of black cherry, stones, and a hint of black olive. This textbook northern Rhône Syrah is perfectly suited to fall roasts and winter stews

Tom Wolf


Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2020
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Crozes-Hermitage
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne
Winemaker: Jean-Claude Marsanne
Vineyard: Planted in 1967, .82 ha
Soil: Granite
Aging: Fermented in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 12-15 months in 228L barrels
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 14.5%

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