So impressed with this wine. It’s a relatively new release from Chapoutier, and it has a wonderful wild intensity to it.
Chapoutier Sicamor Crozes-Hermitage 2018 Northern Rhône, France
14.5% alcohol. This blends different terroirs, with coarse-grained stony granite (Tournon granite) on the western side of the Hermitage hill, puddingstone on the eastern side of the Hermitage hill, and alluvial terraces in Les Chassis area. Destemmed, then fermented and macerated for 4-5 weeks, aged in 600 litre barrels for a year, then six months in concrete tanks. This is brooding, dark, reductive and savoury, with black cherries, blackberries, spice, cloves and pepper. It’s meaty, dense and compact with good structure and acidity, and also some depth. There’s an amazing energy to this wine, bringing in layers of flavour. Ashy and dark with iodine and meat. 95/100
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