Crozes-Hermitage Rouge, Domaine Etienne Pochon, France, 2017

Vibrant purple colour with bags of black fruits on the nose. Medium to full bodied, with blackberry, cherry and spice flavours, allied to gentle tannins and a fresh, peppery finish.

Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

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Crozes-Hermitage Rouge, Domaine Etienne Pochon, France, 2017

Tasting Note

Vibrant purple colour with bags of black fruits on the nose. Medium to full bodied, with blackberry, cherry and spice flavours, allied to gentle tannins and a fresh, peppery finish.

Producer Info

Along with a handful of other growers, the rather reserved Etienne Pochon has been instrumental in improving the quality and the image of Crozes-Hermitage and is producing some of the region’s finest and most elegant wines. In the late 80s, having studied as an agricultural engineer, Etienne converted the dungeons of his family’s fortified château into a winery which received its first grapes in 1988. Until that point Etienne, like his father before him, had been a co-opérateur. His best vines are situated around the château on the stony, infertile Côteaux. Etienne Pochon produces his wines with care and precision. They are aged partly in large oak ‘foudres’ and partly in tank, and are bottled early to capture all the freshness of their fruit Along with a handful of other growers, the rather reserved Etienne Pochon has been instrumental in improving the quality and the image of Crozes-Hermitage and is producing some of the region’s finest and most elegant wines. In the late 80s, having studied as an agricultural engineer, Etienne converted the dungeons of his family’s fortified château into a winery which received its first grapes in 1988. Until that point Etienne, like his father before him had been a co-opérateur. His best vines are situated around the They are aged partly in large oak ‘foudres’ and partly in tank, and are bottled early to capture all the freshness of their fruit.

Regional Background

Crozes-Hermitage is the Northern Rhône’s biggest appellation covering the rolling hills surrounding Hermitage. Most of the wine is red and made exclusively from Syrah though some very good value whites can be found from the Marsanne and Roussanne grape varieties. Curiously there are only a small band of high quality producers taking advantage of this appellation, among the best would be Graillot, Pochon, Domaine du Colombier and Belle. Jaboulet and the co- operative Cave de Tain dominate much of the land. The reds are lighter than those of Hermitage and softer than those from the vineyards planted accross the river in St Joseph. Here the rich clay limestone soils are less acidic than those of the granite slopes further west, the best wines that result are usually dark, rich, spicy, sturdy wines with reasonably round, pliable textures. The vineyard area spans over 1250ha so quality can be variable, unfortunately. However a good Crozes should drink well after 2-3 years, the best keeping well for 5-7.

 

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