Northern Rhone series 21, Martine Vandre Champ Morel Crozes Hermitage

I’m not giving up on my northern Rhone series, which began almost a year ago, and is now in its 21st installment. It’s a region I love, filled with great wines alongside poor ones – I guess, like most wine regions worldwide. When its on form, it’s brilliant.

This is a brilliantly focused Crozes Hermitage that offers personality at an affordable price – just the sort of wine I like. It’s imported into the UK by Vine Trail, a really interesting small agency house (

Martine Vandre Crozes-Hermitage ‘Champ Morel’ 2009 Northern Rhone, France
12.5% alcohol. Fine, elegant, bright cherry and berry fruit nose with an attractive savoury, spicy dimension. Subtly meaty. The palate is fresh and vibrant with real elegance and nice meatiness. Lovely purity and focus here: a brilliant wine. 93/100 (£12.21 ex VAT, Vine Trail)

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