Olivier & Lafont Crozes Hermitage 2018
- Textured, savoury
- Rhône Valley
Olivier & Lafont are one of our ‘go to’ producers in the Rhône. Baptiste Olivier grew up in Bordeaux, worked extensively around France and America, then settled in the Rhône Valley before partnering with longtime friend Gérald Lafont to craft wines under their own names. This is their Crozes-Hermitage, a spicy, dark and aromatic red composed entirely of syrah. Sourced from 35 year old vines, the wine expresses blackcurrant, black olive and a bit of smokiness. Some time in older 600L barrels has rounded out the wine nicely while still allowing the fruit to shine through. Excellent now but built to age.
Full price $60.00 from the producer.
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- Rhône Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 100% Syrah
- 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!