2017 Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage les Varonnieres
Syrah - 750ML
2017 Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage les Varonnieres
  • JD 95
  • VN 94
  • JS 93
  • WA 93
  • WS 93
  • DC 91

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ETA: Jun. 2022

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JD 95
jebdunnuck.com, December 2019
(95+ points) The 2017 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers is a wild beauty with Hermitage notes of blackberries, cassis, crushed rock, game, and burning embers. It has plenty of upfront, sexy fruit yet is concentrated...   (95+ points) The 2017 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers is a wild beauty with Hermitage notes of blackberries, cassis, crushed rock, game, and burning embers. It has plenty of upfront, sexy fruit yet is concentrated, full-bodied, and deep on the palate, with abundant tannins. There are 456 cases of this beauty. Don’t miss a chance to buy a bottle. It needs 2-4 years of bottle age but is capable of evolving for 20-25 years.  
VN 94
Vinous, April 2020
Opaque violet. Highly perfumed red and dark berry, exotic spice, incense, violet and smoky bacon aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up hints of black tea and licorice with air. Deeply concentrated, mineral-accented...   Opaque violet. Highly perfumed red and dark berry, exotic spice, incense, violet and smoky bacon aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up hints of black tea and licorice with air. Deeply concentrated, mineral-accented red and blue fruit preserve and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a hint of candied flowers on the back half. Broad and chewy in texture, showing noteworthy tension and finishing with strong, floral- and mineral-dominated persistence and youthful tannins that lend solid final grip. This wine is sourced from two small, west-facing sites abutting the Hermitage hill and shares the same soils as the famed Hermitage lieu-dit Les Bessards. In most vintages, Like 2017, it can easily rival many an Hermitage for depth, power and complexity, not to mention age-worthiness. -- Josh Raynolds  
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, November 2019
Super fresh, purple and blue fruit here with attractive, spicy complexity; herbs and pepper abound. The palate has a deeply structured array of ripe-berry, meaty and cedary flavors and delivers a long, flinty finish...   Super fresh, purple and blue fruit here with attractive, spicy complexity; herbs and pepper abound. The palate has a deeply structured array of ripe-berry, meaty and cedary flavors and delivers a long, flinty finish. Drink or hold.  
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2019
Rich, concentrated and tannic, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers comes from a parcel of vines grown on the same granite in Hermitage as les Bessards, but it has a west-facing aspect. Dark plum and crushed-stone...   Rich, concentrated and tannic, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers comes from a parcel of vines grown on the same granite in Hermitage as les Bessards, but it has a west-facing aspect. Dark plum and crushed-stone notes pick up hints of cassis and cedar shavings in this full-bodied, muscular red.- JC  
WS 93
Wine Spectator, August 2020
Stylish up front, with pepper, violet and tobacco notes leading off, followed by a core of gently mulled cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. A late echo of bay leaf gives this a pleasantly rustic tilt at the end. Shows...   Stylish up front, with pepper, violet and tobacco notes leading off, followed by a core of gently mulled cherry and blackberry fruit flavors. A late echo of bay leaf gives this a pleasantly rustic tilt at the end. Shows good range and character. Drink now through 2026. 50 cases imported. — JM  
DC 91
Decanter, April 2018
Deeply coloured. Pronounced vanilla and dark chocolate on the nose, almost malty, with a touch of prune. Full bodied, with ample mouth-coating fine tannins, slightly furry in texture. This vintage borders on...   Deeply coloured. Pronounced vanilla and dark chocolate on the nose, almost malty, with a touch of prune. Full bodied, with ample mouth-coating fine tannins, slightly furry in texture. This vintage borders on over-extraction but manages to retain a sense of freshness, with just enough lightness of touch to give it drinkability. Made from over 60-year-old Syrah vines planted on a southwest-facing granite slope on the border of Hermitage, lieu-dit Varogne. Completely destemmed, then fermented in concrete then matured for 18 months, 70% in tank, 30% in demi-muid, of which 20% is new oak.  
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Crozes Hermitage
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML

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.