2009 Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage les Varonnieres
Syrah - 1.5L
  • WS 94
  • IWC 93
  • WA 92

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, September 2012
Rich and nicely toasty with lots of baker's chocolate and espresso notes but also ample flesh joined by succulent layers of blackberry plum and fig fruit as well. The long smoky finish lets the roasted wood note dissolve... Rich and nicely toasty with lots of baker's chocolate and espresso notes but also ample flesh joined by succulent layers of blackberry plum and fig fruit as well. The long smoky finish lets the roasted wood note dissolve into the core in a wonderful way. Best from 2013 through 2019. -JM
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, April 2012
Inky ruby. Intense spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur and potpourri with a smoky overtone. Juicy palate-staining black raspberry and blueberry flavors expand with air and pick up notes of allspice and... Inky ruby. Intense spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry liqueur and potpourri with a smoky overtone. Juicy palate-staining black raspberry and blueberry flavors expand with air and pick up notes of allspice and candied licorice. Clings impressively on the finish which leaves notes of violet pastille and cracked pepper behind.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2011
The inky/purple-colored elegant full-bodied 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres (1064 cases) exhibits attractive notes of licorice black olives creme de cassis forest floor and roasted herbs as well as zesty acidity for... The inky/purple-colored elegant full-bodied 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres (1064 cases) exhibits attractive notes of licorice black olives creme de cassis forest floor and roasted herbs as well as zesty acidity for the vintage. It should drink beautifully for 15+ years. 92+ -Robert Parker
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2009

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.