Domaine du Colombier$75.00
Sourced from 3 different, distinct parcels on Hermitage Hill. (clay, limestone, sandstone, silex…not much granite). Whole cluster ferment. 30% new French oak aged. Hits the palate with wild blueberries and red cherries, cassis, blackberry, herbs de Provence and cracked black peppercorns. Has an acidity and structure to make it improve for many years. Best drinking we think: 2025-35.
"Has a classic feel, medium to full-body, juicy acidity and firm tannin. Giving up lots of peppery herbs, crushed rock and assorted cassis and blackberry fruit. Has outstanding potential...will require short-term cellaring." Dunnuck for Wine Advocate, from barrel, December 2014
From the importer:
Inside the bottle: Given the three terroirs from the Hermitage hill this wine comes from, it is easy to understand this wine's friendly nature. A straight-forward and powerful syrah, these grapes are rooted in rich, white clay and sandy soils, and access to an all you can take supply of sun. The wine has the volume turned up on flavor, fruit, tannin and power but still remains approachable at a very young age. If you have the patience to wait it out in your cellar for more than a decade, the more refined Hermitage qualities emerge. Once you wade your way through the obvious character of this beast, pencil lead, iron, spice, green forest, wild berries and fresh acidity adorn this wine built for a king or a queen, like you.
Terroir: A big misnomer in the wine geekdom about Hermitage is that it is a large granite hill, which is only half true, literally. The other half is something almost completely different. This “other” soil on the eastern flank of Hermitage is where Colombier takes his grapes. The eastern side is mostly glacier and river deposits with a deep substrata of limestone. The furthest west parcel of his, called “les Beaumes,” is on soils of clay-sandstone and alluvium. Péléat, which is lower on the hill is lighter soil with clay, silex and rounded pebbles which helps to produce more elegance in the wine. Lastly, “La Grande Diognière” is mostly sand, clay and chalk.