This is an earthy, traditional approach to Crozes-Hermitage. You need to like this style, with its barnyard flavors, its acidity and light oxidative character and its red fruits. It does need time to develop, and it will certainly be a great food wine. But it is an acquired taste.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.