E. Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2015 (Northern Rhone, France) - [RP 91] [AG 91] [JS 91] [WE 91]

E. Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2015
(Northern Rhone, France) - [RP 91] [AG 91] [JS 91] [WE 91]


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Winery Notes:

Crozes-Hermitage is the largest of the appellations of the Northern Rhône, comprising just over 2500 acres planted to Syrah for red wine and Marsanne and Roussanne for white. The vineyards are largely on the plain, producing reasonably priced and straightforward wines, but there are also some superb hillside vineyards which provide concentrated, long-lived wines. In general, the red wines have prototypical Syrah flavors, spicy and persistent, with vigor and intensity of flavor in an appealingly rustic style.
Guigal produced a red Crozes-Hermitage for the first time in the 1999 vintage, supplementing wines made from his own vineyards by selecting new wines from more than a dozen cellars, focusing exclusively on cuvées from low-yielding hillside vineyards. This entry to Northern Rhone reds and Syrah from Guigal is a serious wine that delivers quality and pleasure far above its price.

Eye : Dark and deep colour.
Nose : Red fruits, cherry and strawberry with delicate oak aromas.
Palate : A structured tannic wine. Aromas of blackcurrant buds and vanilla.
Overall : Remarkable freshness with notable and refined tannins to due long oak ageing.

Ratings & Reviews


91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"As we tasted the 2015 Crozes Hermitage, Philippe Guigal said, "It's rare we get full phenolic ripeness in Crozes. We got that in 2015." The wine's silky tannins certainly support his claim. It's medium to full-bodied, with raspberry, cherry and black olive aromas and flavors that scream of the variety, and it has a long finish. It's an outstanding value and a wine that may be happily consumed anytime from now through 2025. - Joe Czerwinski (Oct 2018)

91 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
"Bright violet. Spicy black and blue fruits, pungent flowers and a hint of smoked meat on the perfumed nose. Juicy and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that become spicier as the wine opens up. The dark berry note lingers on the persistent finish, which is given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins. - Josh Raynolds (Apr 2018)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"Plenty of crushed flowers, as well as grilled meat and a wealth of ripe, red fruit. The palate is quite firm with abundant tannins and mixed-berry flavors. Drink in 2022. (Aug 2018)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"The nose is subtle on this elegant Syrah but the palate opens gradually to introduce layer upon layer of silky, sun-kissed blackberry and plum flavors. It's ripe but restrained, muted by a granitic mineral tone and crisp red-currant acidity. The long finish lingers on fine, framing tannins. Ready now it should improve through 2025, hold further. - AI (3/1/2019)