Laurent Habrard Grand Classique Crozes-Hermitage 2018
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
From cult producer Laurent Habrard, comes an organically certified Crozes-Hermitage that is looking the goods and has a wonderful future to ahead. This wine offers a classic expression of the iconic syrah region - equal parts deep and delicious. There are fresh black fruit aromas, along with violets and minerals, and the palate is fresh, but firm with tannins that will help the wine age and work well with food. Fans of the more serious versions of syrah from Eden Valley or Hawke’s Bay - don’t miss this one.
Full price $70.00 from the producer.
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- Rhône Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Shiraz
- Serving Temp.
The Rhône Valley is a dichotomous beast. The North is ruled by Syrah (=Shiraz), with or without a touch of Viognier for perfume, while in the South you'll find all matter of blends such as those of Chateauneuf du Pape (about thirteen varieties in these on average, at last count...) and the origins of the GSM (heard of Côtes du Rhône?). The Northern Rhône is Australia's ultimate sparring partner in the 'we say Shiraz, you say Syrah' fencing match. With such famous names as Côtes-Rôtie, Gigondas and Crozes-Hermitage (remember when Grange was called Hermitage...?), you can bet your bottom dollar - and the few hundred that go with it - that you'll need to be ticking off a few of the better ones before you kick it. Don't discount the whites though. Some of the finest whites you'll ever try come from Condrieu (the most sensual Viognier you'll try, at a price), and the lesser (in cost, at least) blends, often based on Grenache Blanc or Viognier. And watch out for dry, Rhône rose - it's become so popular that the industry bodies are warning the region not to over-produce. Look out Kiwi Sav Blanc!