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Les Alexandrins Maison Crozes-Hermitage 2016

This wine is new to me, and the trio behind the wine, Guillaume Sorrel, Nicolas Jaboulet, Alexandre Caso, all from famous families and Domaines fascinated me; hence I write. The colour is intense. Save perhaps for the tine bit of high-tones, the nose is very civilized and clean, giving fresh aromas of violet(wipe cream) red fruit, mulberries and minerality with a hint of spices (juniper, black coriander pepper). Meaty, with a leathery core. Musk, after one hour.

Balanced, it brings in freshness and density in the mouth. The tannins are velvety, carried by the light black peppery spice till the end. The palate starts with liquorice and dark fruit with notes of violets—a friendly match between balance and structure. For some. the taste may lack the rusticity even for a supposedly lighter and less demanding Crozes-hermitage, but a taste length 10+seconds with fruit on the palate is intense enough. Not too complicated, just intense, pure and lively with no less of sophistication. I would give a score of 92.

This wine is an excellent day-to-day Rhone for me. Go exactly well with the music of Los Chalchaleros, particularly La Lopez Pereyra, on my very old Infinity RS2001+ Audio Spectrum, Class A.


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