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Producer: Domaine Combier, Article: The Northern Rhône: 2017 and 2018

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2018 Domaine Combier Crozes-Hermitage Laurent Combier

I loved the nose on the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Laurent Combier, which has a wonderfully complex, old school vibe in its juicy black raspberry, spring flowers, and violet aromatics. Fresh and lively on the palate, yet with plenty of fruit, it's medium-bodied, has good acidity and terrific balance. It's a beautiful Crozes Hermitage that readers should snatch up. It will drink well for 7-8 years.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.

  $25 1

I loved the nose on the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Laurent Combier, which has a wonderfully complex, old school vibe in its juicy black raspberry, spring flowers, and violet aromatics. Fresh and lively on the palate, yet with plenty of fruit, it's medium-bodied, has good acidity and terrific balance. It's a beautiful Crozes Hermitage that readers should snatch up. It will drink well for 7-8 years.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.

2017 Domaine Combier Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Combier

Lots of cassis, crushed violets, bacon fat, and leafy herbs emerge from the medium-bodied 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Combier, which has wonderful purity of fruit, hints of background oak, and a great finish. It has an almost Côte Rôtie-like level of complexity and is a beautiful wine. This cuvée is all destemmed and brought up recent barrels.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.

  $35 1

Lots of cassis, crushed violets, bacon fat, and leafy herbs emerge from the medium-bodied 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Combier, which has wonderful purity of fruit, hints of background oak, and a great finish. It has an almost Côte Rôtie-like level of complexity and is a beautiful wine. This cuvée is all destemmed and brought up recent barrels.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.

2017 Domaine Combier Crozes-Hermitage Clos Des Grives

The flagship, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Clos Des Grives comes from a single parcel and was brought up in used oak. It's similarly deep purple/plum-colored and offers an exotic bouquet of plums, blueberries, Acacia flowers, toasted spice, vanilla, and new leather. Deep, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and polished on the palate, it has flawless balance, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish. It's up with the crème de la crème in Crozes and is well worth seeking out. Along with the 2015, it's one of the finest vintages for this cuvée.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.

  $65 1

The flagship, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Clos Des Grives comes from a single parcel and was brought up in used oak. It's similarly deep purple/plum-colored and offers an exotic bouquet of plums, blueberries, Acacia flowers, toasted spice, vanilla, and new leather. Deep, medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, and polished on the palate, it has flawless balance, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish. It's up with the crème de la crème in Crozes and is well worth seeking out. Along with the 2015, it's one of the finest vintages for this cuvée.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.

2017 Domaine Combier Crozes-Hermitage Cap Nord

The 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Cap Nord comes from more decomposed granite soils and was brought up all in older barrels. It offers a classic vibe in its pure currant and blackberry fruit as well as notes of ground pepper and meaty, leafy herb, and earthy aromas and flavors. As with the other 2017s from Laurent, it has beautiful purity of fruit, terrific balance, and is loaded with character.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.

  $45 1

The 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Cap Nord comes from more decomposed granite soils and was brought up all in older barrels. It offers a classic vibe in its pure currant and blackberry fruit as well as notes of ground pepper and meaty, leafy herb, and earthy aromas and flavors. As with the other 2017s from Laurent, it has beautiful purity of fruit, terrific balance, and is loaded with character.

There are four Crozes-Hermitage bottlings from this reference point estate, all of which are noteworthy. Starting with the Cuvée Laurent Combier, this can be thought of as the entry-level cuvee and comes mostly from the younger vines of the estate and is brought up all in concrete tanks. It was first made in 1999 and is also released under the Cuvée L label. The Domaine Combier is the estate cuvée and comes from parcels in Pont de l’Isère, Gervans, and Serves. It’s all manually harvested, destemmed, and brought up in used barrels. The Cap Nord is a smaller production release and comes only from the northern part of the appellation and more loess and granite soils. And lastly, the flagship Clos des Grives is a single vineyard release from 50-year-old vines planted in the deeper soils of the Chassis region of Crozes-Hermitage. This cuvée is all destemmed and aged 12 months in used barrels.