2020 Guigal Crozes-Hermitage
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2020 Guigal Crozes-Hermitage

Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhone, FRANCE
$59. 99
$719.88 Dozen
ABV: 13.5%
Closure: Cork

The vines, averaging 35 years old, are situated on steep slopes in the villages of Gervans, Mercurol, Larnage, and Crozes-Hermitage, growing in limestone, clay, and sandy gravel soils. The wine undergoes alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats at high temperatures, followed by a three-week maceration period and an 18-month maturation in oak barrels. This process imparts remarkable freshness and notable, refined tannins due to the extended oak aging.
Alc. 13.5%

Other Reviews....
The 2020 Crozes-Hermitage offers an inviting profile. Spicy subtleties waft from the glass, followed by glossy red fruits and earth. Polished tannins add gentle structure to the seamless palate, which wraps up with a refreshing finish. Drink 2024 - 2030.
89 Points
Nicolas Greinacher - Antonio Galloni's Vinous

An extremely typical example of this appellation with stacks of fresh blackberry fruit, plus delicate notes of smoke and pepper. Zesty interplay of bright fruit and crisp tannins on the medium-bodied palate. From the northern part of the appellation. Most is matured in large oak foudre, and a small proportion in oak barriques. Drink or hold.
91 Points
Stuart Pigott - JamesSuckling.com

A generous, alluring red, with red currant and cassis amped up with sweet spices, tarragon and singed cedar. Reveals cured salumi notes that add earthy, animal richness to the dense palate, firmed up by savory acidity and slightly chewy tannins. Offers a spine of iron that reins in the lushness. Drink now through 2030.
92 Points
Kristen Bieler - Wine Spectator

Now from bottle, the 2020 Crozes-Hermitage showed nicely, with the juicy, forward, elegant style of the vintage. Ripe blackberries, game, violets, and hints of pepper all define the aromatics, and it's medium-bodied, has a pretty, silky, elegant mouthfeel, soft tannins, and a great finish. It's a classic, balanced, incredibly satisfying Crozes Hermitage to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years. Drink 2023 - 2031.
90 Points

Deep colour. Plush and gourmand, the generous fruit very much to the fore. Some sweetness on the mid palate then comes together on the finish. Perhaps lacks a little freshness. Drink 2023 – 2027.
16 / 20 Points
James Lawther MW - Jancis Robinson MW