Domaine Habrard Crozes Hermitage Sylvain 2019
WineSpark Price €25.63
Crozes Hermitage is a big region by northern Rhone standards… but all the best stuff hides out on the gentle, sun-exposed slopes of the northern side of the Rhone river. And that’s exactly where you’ll find Laurent’s vineyards.
In the best years, Laurent picks out his best plot, and names the wine after one of his team. Laurent skipped a year in 2018 because the quality wasn’t sky-high enough, but 2019 was a belter. So he made this wine and named it after his viticulturist, Sylvain.
The vineyards behind this wine are old - up to 70 years - and have been farmed organically since 2008. This was the first year Laurent bottled his wines without sulphites - his aim is to achieve the purest, most artisanal representation of the special place he grows his vines.
You get a deep, dark savoury nose, with lovely violet notes. On the palate it’s complex, dense and peppery - you can really taste the step-up in quality.
This is a chance to taste seriously fine French wine - at an amazing price.
|Region of origin||Vallee du Rhone|
|Months in Oak||14 months|
|Type of Oak||
80% in vats, 20% in barrels
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||15 to 70 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||130m|
|Soil type(s)||Plot is very fragmented. To the north mixture of decomposed granite and loess for the steepest slopes. To the south, thick layers of rooled gravel from different ice ages (riss and würm).|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes|
|Suitable for vegans?||Yes, not certified|
|Ageing potential||7 years|
|Ideal drinking window||5 to 7 years|
Laurent Habrard describes himself as ‘the happy winemaker’ and when you speak to him, it’s hard not to get caught up in his positivity and good energy.
He is based in Crozes Hermitage in the northern Rhone, the spiritual home of Syrah/Shiraz.
Ideal with a big steak.
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Really enjoyed this. Worth the premium over the cheaper option from the same producer