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Yann Chave Crozes-Hermitage 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Hermitage comes from a loess site, particularly well exposed to the south-west, with long hours of sunlight. Average age of the vines is 30 years. Foliage is trimmed back around the fruit to let the sunlight in, and green harvesting ensures a yield no higher than 35 Hl/Ha. Harvesting is manual, with careful sorting and takes place as late as possible to reach optimal maturity. Winemaking is the same as for Crozes Hermitage, but vatting is longer, taking about 3 to 4 weeks. Ageing is exclusively in 600 litre barrels for 12 months, as we believe these larger barrels are well suited to the Syrah varietal, and do not over oak the wine.

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Snooth User: martins2002
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2012 01/30/2015

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: cathpark
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3.50 5
12/11/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: joshwoodward
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/15/2009

Definitely a food wine - not good on its own. Huge pencil shavings on finish. Very tannic and acidic. Big dusty earth, especially for such a young wine. Light body. Very spicy. Very dry+. Red cherry. Simple. Bad value at $27.


Snooth User: Halo21
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/18/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: JoshuaChrist
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/12/2009

On the nose: Initially there were beef jerky, smoky chocolate notes. After an hour aerating, more fruit aromas came out, such as raspberry, hints of vanilla, jam and some flowery spice. On the pallete: Noticeably tannins, decent acidity, likely could have aged a bit longer. Decent raspberry, meaty, earthy flavors. Kind of got a tangy honey note at some point. Overall, complex wine that was enjoyable to analyze. I liked the nose more than the flavor of the wine. A very solid wine and we enjoyed it.



Tasting Notes:

The 2009s show intense color, of purple and deep ruby, and the nose is fresh and suave. On the palate, there is balance with concentrated but fine tannins, and good length.

Our Hermitage comes from a loess site, particularly well exposed to the south-west, with long hours of sunlight. Average age of the vines is 30 years. Foliage is trimmed back around the fruit to let the sunlight in, and green harvesting ensures a yield no higher than 35 Hl/Ha. Harvesting is manual, with careful sorting and takes place as late as possible to reach optimal maturity. Winemaking is the same as for Crozes Hermitage, but vatting is longer, taking about 3 to 4 weeks. Ageing is exclusively in 600 litre barrels for 12 months, as we believe these larger barrels are well suited to the Syrah varietal, and do not over oak the wine.

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