2006 M. Chapoutier Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage)

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Crozes-Hermitage, France, Northern Rhône, Red Wine, Rhône, Syrah

Somewhat disappointing. Very fruit-forward, thick and unctuous. Rather simple and pleasant wine that at the current point in time does not show the level of class, polish, and complexity that I’d like to see. All black fruit and chocolate with a lack of earthiness and soul. Seems more “modern” in style than I like my wines, and not enough acidity to balance out the massive fruit. I’d love to be able to say that age will make this a lot better, but I just don’t see it. This simply lacks the precision and complexity of a top-notch Crozes-Hermitage like Alain Graillot’s.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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