1995 Chapoutier - Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonniers 750ml

France - Northern Rhone - Crozes Hermitage/ Red / Syrah   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

Among the luxury cuvees is the Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonniers. This is clearly the most spectacular wine made in the appellation, even richer and denser than Alain Graillot's La Giraude and Paul Jaboulet's Thalabert. As I reported last year, the 1995 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres is the finest Crozes-Hermitage I have ever tasted. Now in bottle, it offers an opaque purple color, and a spectacular nose of black fruits, licorice, minerals, and smoke. Dense, with terrific fruit purity, and layers of concentration, this wine is loaded with extract and glycerin. The finish lasts for 30+ seconds. Amazing!

Drink Dates: 2000-2015
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 113

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Well crafted, closed down now, this is a hard, firm and tannic wine that shows impressive oak, currant, black cherry and spicy notes. Tough to taste now; perhaps better in 1999.

Drink Dates: 1995-1995
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Average rating: 91, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

99 bottles owned by 52 collectors.

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About This Producer


This firm, founded in 1808, is the proprietor of 175 key acres of vines in five Rhone Valley appellations. Since the retirement of Max Chapoutier in 1989, his son Michel has revamped the winemaking process, and in doing so has elevated the stature of Chapoutier wines to rival some of the greatest in the region. The firm farms its vineyards biodynamically, and believes in the concept of monocepage, or the idea that each wine is produced entirely from a single grape variety. Chapoutier believes that blending mutes, rather than enhances, the character he seeks from his wines. Today the Chapoutier wines are considered benchmarks for the region, and other producers have begun to borrow the techniques and practices that Michel has been perfecting for nearly two decades. Perhaps Robert Parker, in his monumental book The World's Greatest Wine Estates, sums up the Chapoutier firm best: "A true biodynamically run estate since 1989, the objective has been to produce the purest and most natural expressions of terroir possible. Every decision is based on enhancing the characteristics of a wine's terroir, varietal character, and vintage trademark. In short, it is the earth that inspires this firm."

See other similar producers: E. Guigal, Domaine Charvin

Wine Varietal: Syrah


While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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