2007 Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage les Varonnieres
Syrah - 1.5L
  • WA 92
  • WS 92
  • IWC 91

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Reg: $102.99

$89.99

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WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2009
The 2007 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres is a lighter effort displaying an attractive deep ruby/purple hue as well as outstanding concentration and purity but not quite the weight and nuances of the 2006. More flattering... The 2007 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres is a lighter effort displaying an attractive deep ruby/purple hue as well as outstanding concentration and purity but not quite the weight and nuances of the 2006. More flattering and upfront stylistically it should drink well for 15 years.
WS 92
Wine Spectator, August 2010
Very stylish with soft but persistent mouthfeel to the blackberry pepper tobacco and cocoa notes. Features lingering black tea and iron notes on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 611 cases made. -JM
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2010
Deep vivid red. Smoky raspberry and cherry on the nose with complicating notes of violet and rose. Bright red fruit flavors are given depth by suggestions of olive and licorice with bracing minerality adding focus... Deep vivid red. Smoky raspberry and cherry on the nose with complicating notes of violet and rose. Bright red fruit flavors are given depth by suggestions of olive and licorice with bracing minerality adding focus. Finishes lively and precise with the red fruit and floral notes repeating. There'd be no crime in drinking this now.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2007

Label

To create Chapoutier’s “Varonniers” Syrah, the estate has chosen their oldest Crozes-Hermitage vines (more than 60 years old on average). The color is a deep garnet red. It has very ripe red fruits on the nose, blackcurrant, raspberry and liquorice. The wine has ample and solid vanilla and jam on the finish. Depending on the vintage, this wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.