2013 Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage les Varonnieres
Syrah - 750ML
  • WA 93
  • WS 92
  • VN 92

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2015
The 2013 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers is brilliant. Coming from the western edge of Hermitage’s Bessards lieu-dit (this is a cool, west-facing parcel of granite soils), its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic... The 2013 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers is brilliant. Coming from the western edge of Hermitage’s Bessards lieu-dit (this is a cool, west-facing parcel of granite soils), its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic granite-induced aromas and flavors of burning embers, cassis, licorice, spring flower and pepper. This Mini-Hermitage is medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and has building tannic grip; it will drink well for 10-15 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
WS 92
Wine Spectator, March 2016
An underlying loamy note pushes the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit, while charcoal, bay and iron details stream through the finish. Best from 2017 through 2022. — J.M.
VN 92
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, March 2016
Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of black currant, violet, incense and woodsmoke show a minerally topnote and a hint of olive in the background. Sweet, smoky and seamless on the palate, offering juicy black and blue fruit... Opaque ruby. Deep-pitched aromas of black currant, violet, incense and woodsmoke show a minerally topnote and a hint of olive in the background. Sweet, smoky and seamless on the palate, offering juicy black and blue fruit flavors and a sexy floral pastille flourish that gains strength as the wine opens up. Finishes very long, with excellent clarity and supple, slow-building tannins that lend shape. -- Josh Raynolds
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2013
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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.