Albéric, Crozes-Hermitage

Deep ruby with pristine flavours of black fruits, cassis and blackcurrant merging into undertones of mild spices, cloves and cinnamon. Youthful and expressive revealing soothing acidity, melted tannins and it is remarkably fresh on the finish. Drink now.

(The long braised spices and herbs in the Coq au Vin might have accentuated the spicy/herbal notes of the wine, but the pure blackfruit flavours completed the ensemble, it was perfect!).

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Producer: Domaine Gilles Robin.

Region: Crozes-Hermitage.

Brand: Albéric.

Vintage: 2018.

Variety: 100% Syrah.

Alcohol: 14%

Quality category: Appellation d’Origine Protégée

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*Vineyard: 20ha./ Clay and pebble/ Vines 30-40years old/ Marsanne-Rousanne for Blancs.

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*Winemaking: Hand harvest/ Destemmed/ No yeast or enzymes/ Aging in a thermoregulated stainless steel tank for about 9 months.

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*Story: Great grandfather Louis Pasquion purchased 1,27ha. for personal use in 1920, his son Albéric Bouvet took over the vineyard. Although many négotiants tried to purchase part of the land, he decided to master the Syrah in Demi-Muids. Michel Robin, Gilles father expanded the Domaine and Gilles is the one who introduced the techniques, gravity for vinification, organic practices and started to be present in the International Market and has received many recognitions from the best wine critics. This Domaine is recommended by Oz Clarke.

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*Label: The wine is dedicated to Gilleses grandfather Albéric Bouvet. The presentation overall is modern, on a pearl white fine label with the initials of Gilles GR. On the right hand side the names of his family and entourage are written as well with the location of the vineyard.

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*Accolade: Organic certified (Agriculture Biologique) since 2012/ considered the younger sibling of “Papillon, Terroir des Chassis”. Project: soon into appellation Cornas and Saint-Peray.

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*Paired with: Coq au Vin, please see next post.

*Translated from French by Susana Kawai

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Susana Kawai

Food & Wine

www.foodwithsusi.com



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