Now this I like. It’s just been listed by Waitrose at a very good price (£12.99), and it’s quite a serious expression of Crozes-Hermitage in a somewhat modern style. I get a lot of samples, but this is one that got drunk, rather than just tasted.
Chapoutier Petite Ruche Crozes Hermitage 2009 Northern Rhone, France
13% alcohol. Ripe, brooding sweet blackberry and black cherry fruit nose, showing lovely fruit purity and some violet overtones. The palate has vivid, slightly meaty black fruits. It’s a very ripe expression of Northern Rhone Syrah, but there’s still some lovely peppery, floral cool climate Syrah character, and a bit of grip. 91/100 (£12.99 Waitrose)