Regulars here will probably know that the northern Rhône is one of my favourite regions, and that I am crazy about cool-climate Syrah. It would be fair to say that negociant Vidal Fleury is not one of the northern Rhône’s elite producers, but they seem to be getting better, and this is a very smart wine indeed. It delivers richness without sacrificing the fresh peppery, floral essence of Syrah.
Vidal-Fleury Crozes-Hermitage 2012 Northern Rhône, France
13% alcohol. Lovely sweet pure black cherry and blackberry nose with nice peppery spicy framing. Supple, fresh, direct palate with nicely weighted sweet black fruits and a hint of olive and black pepper. Typical, stylish and delicious, showing great balance. 93/100 (£16.95 Square Wine Co, Hailsham Cellars, Wholefoods
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