Domaine du Colombier - 2013 Crozes-Hermitage ‘Cuvée Gaby’
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Inside the bottle: In comparison to the entry-level bottling of Crozes-Hermitage, this one has the volume turned up. With its 60 years of average vine age, it is far more rich in the palate. The nose expresses plush dark and red fruits, sweet purple and red flowers, pepper for days with beautiful dark earth and wet forest notes. Texturally, the wine has refined, chalky tannins and refreshing acidity that make it very inviting for the entire bottle. As often found in Syrah from this area, a graphite-like finish smooths this wine out in the palate. It is a lovely expression of Crozes-Hermitage that needs its time in the glass to fully express its potential.
Terroir: Like the basic Crozes-Hermitage rouge, this wine is grown on alluvial soils with very little granite or limestones. Sure, you can find rocks scattered in vineyards but they are less important than that white complexion of the soil due to the sand and moderately limestone-rich clays. There is an immeasurable amount of other round stones that clue you into the geological history of both glaciers and flooding rivers that have made deposits here over thousands of years.