Highlights: Dard & Ribo Crozes-Hermitage 2020

Dard & Ribo Crozes-Hermitage 2020 Northern Rhône, France
I can’t remember ever having a bad bottle from Dard & Ribo, the natural wine heroes of the northern Rhône. This, purchased off the list at The Farmyard in Hastings for £68 is a gem. Dark and brooding with a peppery, slightly smoky edge to the vibrant raspberry and cherry fruit. There’s some structure here as well as pure, lush fruit. And there’s a gravelly, savoury, slightly reductive grunt. Lovely presence and some ripeness evident, but everything works well together. Finishes with a peppery sheen. 94/100

UK agent: Les Caves de Pyrene

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