2015 Syrah 'Cuvee Alberic Bouvet' (Crozes-Hermitage)Gilles Robin
The Robin family have grown grapes in Crozes-Hermitage for generations, but until 1995 they were always sold to the local cooperative in Tain l'Hermitage. Today, Gilles estate bottles his entire production and consistently produces some of the very best wines of this appellation. Gilles has just 15 hectares, however most of those vineyards are fully mature at more than 40 years old.
The estate has several plots of land in the favoured ‘Les Chassis’ district just south of the Hermitage hill. The soils in this area consist of large amounts of smooth pudding stones ‘galets’ and red clay from the route the Rhône river once flowed. These richer clay based soils give a wine that is typically rounder and more generous than from some other areas of the appellation
2015 Crozes-Hermitage “Cuvee Alberic Bouvet”
Produced from vines in 3 sites averaging more than 40 years old which are located on the best red clay soils close to the Hermitage hill. “Dark red. Mulled raspberry, mulberry fruit combines with oak, toasting on the nose. It holds its depth. The palate offers juicy, on the instant red fruits with a touch of spicing and a dryness from the oak towards the close. It’s quietly muscular, and needs until 2018 to get together. It has the potential to be interesting, nuanced. 2023-24” drinkrhone.com October 2016