I’ve lost touch a bit with the wines of Domaine du Columbier, ever since I enjoyed a half-case of the 1999 Crozes Hermitage Gaby. But from this showing, it seems they are still on form, making Crozes Hermitage which is a bit less wild than Graillots, but not so polished to have lost the bloody, meaty charm that the best Crozes Hermitage possess.
Domaine du Columbier Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Gaby 2005
13% alcohol. Meaty, dark and spicy with some savoury smoky notes, but also a bit of that elusive violet perfume. The palate has lovely freshness and purity to the dark cherry and plum fruit, with peppery notes in the background. This is beginning to drink very well with good acidity and nice tannic structure. 92/100
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