Jean Luc Colombo – Les Fée Brunes – Crozes-Hermitage AOC -Syrah – 2014
Clifton Cellars – £17.99
Crozes-Hermitage is an area of France situated in the Northern Rhone, Crozes-Hermitage is the largest appellation of production in the Northern Rhone, and whilst not the most famous, of late the area is producing some seriously tasty offerings.
Crozes-Hermitage predominantly produces red wines, using the Syrah grape, the vines perched on the granite terroir of the area giving rise to delicate and enchanting wines. Les Fée Brunes is no exception. This elegant little number is a perfect example of a wine produced with passion. Jean Luc Colombo prides himself on making wines that embody this passion. Jean luc believes in making wine that praises the simple but important things in life: Observing nature, enjoying food and sharing with others.
To the eye this wine has a beautiful ruby robe, clear and inviting. On the nose, an abundance of red fruit, with cherry and herbal notes present. A quick slurp revealing an elegant wine, well balanced and full bodied. The Cherry fruits revealing a level of minerality, a medium to long finish and a wonderful integration of tannins. Acidity is a touch high but will integrate further with age. This wine will benefit from aeration on opening, decanting reveals yet more complexity.
Les Fée Brunes is truly a great example of what the Syrah grape can offer in the Northern Rhone – Jean Luc has produced a wine which will continue to improve over the next 3-5 years, but if you can’t wait is excellent now. Pairing beautifully with roast meats, in particular Lamb. This wine was tasted on a Biodynamic Root day.
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