M. Chapoutier Les Varonniers

AOP Crozes-Hermitage, Rhône

Tasting Notes

Dark, red with garnet highlights throughout. The nose is lovely with notes very ripe red fruits, blackcurrant and licorice. The palate is similar to the nose, and is ample and solid, while displaying a long and lingering finish.

Great with roasted meats or grilled vegetables. Also pairs well with wood-fired pizza, pasta, casseroles and stews.

Hand-harvested at maturity. Vinification is made in small concrete tank. Fermenting is long and lasts around one month to polymerize tannins. Only free-run juice is used. This wine is entirely matured in oak casks (with a percentage of new ones) from 14 to 18 months.

To elaborate our “Varonniers” wine, we have chosen our oldest Crozes-Hermitage vines (more than 60 years old on average). The granitic slopes are oriented South-East at the end of the Hermitage hill and on fluvial terraces on the “Chassis” plot.

Grapes: 100% Syrah
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Vegetarian: Yes

  • 20220222



    James Suckling, February 2022

    "This must be the best Crozes-Hermitage I ever tasted! Deep, smoky, minty and spicy nose that expands and expands as it aerates, gaining ever more earthy complexity. Stunningly concentrated and focused palate with so much bitter chocolate and black cherry, but even more power. Giant finish that’s astonishingly refined for this appellation. From biodynamically grown grapes with Demeter certification. Drinkable now, but best from 2024."

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  • 2022-01-20



    Wine Advocate, January 2022

    "The 2019 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers features intense aromas of cherries and vanilla, plus hints of cassis and pencil shavings (it aged in 20% new oak, with 70% in barriques and 30% in demi-muids). Full-bodied, dense and rich, it's firmly tannic, with a long, dusty finish. Set it aside for a few years before pulling the cork."

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  • 2022-01-01



    Wine Spectator, January 2022


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