2017 Crozes-Ermitage, Les Varonniers, Chapoutier (6 x Bottle)

France Rhone North Rhone

Opaque violet. Highly perfumed red and dark berry, exotic spice, incense, violet and smoky bacon aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up hints of black tea and licorice with air. Deeply concentrated, mineral-accented red and blue fruit preserve and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a hint of candied flowers on the back half. Broad and chewy in texture, showing noteworthy tension and finishing with strong, floral- and mineral-dominated persistence and youthful tannins that lend solid final grip. This wine is sourced from two small, west-facing sites abutting the Hermitage hill and shares the same soils as the famed Hermitage lieu-dit Les Bessards. In most vintages, Like 2017, it can easily rival many an Hermitage for depth, power and complexity, not to mention age-worthiness.

2017 Crozes-Ermitage, Les Varonniers, Chapoutier (6 x Bottle)

Opaque violet. Highly perfumed red and dark berry, exotic spice, incense, violet and smoky bacon aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up hints of black tea and licorice with air. Deeply concentrated, mineral-accented red and blue fruit preserve and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a hint of candied flowers on the back half. Broad and chewy in texture, showing noteworthy tension and finishing with strong, floral- and mineral-dominated persistence and youthful tannins that lend solid final grip. This wine is sourced from two small, west-facing sites abutting the Hermitage hill and shares the same soils as the famed Hermitage lieu-dit Les Bessards. In most vintages, Like 2017, it can easily rival many an Hermitage for depth, power and complexity, not to mention age-worthiness.

France Rhone North Rhone
Producer Chapoutier
Sub-Region North Rhone
Region Rhone
Country France
Grape Variety Syrah
Vintage 2017
Colour Red
Style Full, Dry, Powerful

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Opaque violet. Highly perfumed red and dark berry, exotic spice, incense, violet and smoky bacon aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up hints of black tea and licorice with air. Deeply concentrated, mineral-accented red and blue fruit preserve and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a hint of candied flowers on the back half. Broad and chewy in texture, showing noteworthy tension and finishing with strong, floral- and mineral-dominated persistence and youthful tannins that lend solid final grip. This wine is sourced from two small, west-facing sites abutting the Hermitage hill and shares the same soils as the famed Hermitage lieu-dit Les Bessards. In most vintages, Like 2017, it can easily rival many an Hermitage for depth, power and complexity, not to mention age-worthiness.

94 Points / Drinking 2024 - 2034

By Josh Raynolds / April 2020

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Rich, concentrated and tannic, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers comes from a parcel of vines grown on the same granite in Hermitage as les Bessards, but it has a west-facing aspect. Dark plum and crushed-stone notes pick up hints of cassis and cedar shavings in this full-bodied, muscular red.

93 Points / Drinking 2022 - 2022

By Joe Czerwinski / December 2019

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Recent vintages of the 2017 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers have borne more than a passing resemblance to Hermitage, a rare occurrence in the Crozes appellation. This is full-bodied and concentrated, with hints of cocoa and crushed stone joining cassis, espresso, black olive and licorice, while rich tannins leave a chewy impression on the long finish.

92-95 Points / Drinking 2020 - 2030

By Joe Czerwinski / October 2018