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Crozes-Hermitage is the Northern Rhone’s largest appellation, both in terms of acreage and in terms of production. It produces mostly red wine made from Syrah, but some white wine from Marsanne and Roussanne is made as well. The wines are also often less expensive and of lower quality than those of neighboring appellations, so it’s important to familiarize oneself with the best producers, such as Graillot and Colombier. Most Crozes-Hermitage is less ageworthy and better for early drinking than other Northern Rhone wines.
– Description from juliabutareva

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The northern Rhone's largest appellation, Crozes-Hermitage has 3,000 acres surrounding Hermitage and is named for the village just north of the hill of Hermitage. Although this village lies north of Hermitage, the appellation's best sites are south of Hermitage and the village of Tain-l'Hermitage along the river. Crozes' reds are 100% Syrah and have two basic styles that are both softer and fruitier than Hermitage thanks to the richer soils that they are grown on. -Lighter-bodied, youthfully fruity wines with blackcurrant notes come from high-yielding flat sites. These wines are made for early-drinking. -More serious bottlings with with the complexity and concentration to mimic Hermitage come from the steeper slopes. These wines can develop for up to 10 years. Alain Graillot, Belle, Domaine Pochon, Domaine Marc Sorrel and Domaine du Colombier are some of the top names. The cooperative of Tain-l'Hermitage, one of the best co-ops of France, should not be overlooked. Crozes' clay-limetone alluvial soils are less well suited for white wine production; in fact white wines represent just 10% of the appelation's production. These fruity, full-bodied wines are primarily made from Marsanne supplemented by Roussanne. – Description from Rodolphe Boulanger

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