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M Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage "Les Meysonniers" Rouge 2022

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M Chapoutier’s Crozes-Hermitage ‘Les Meysonniers’ Rouge 2022 is an amazingly smooth & fruity Northern Rhône wine that’s 100% Syrah or Shiraz with a light texture reminiscent of a top-class Pinot Noir; this elegant, organic Crozes-Hermitage is fruit-filled with spicy and mineral notes

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Shiraz / Syrah

Wine Region

Rhône

Country

France

ABV

13.0%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Yes

Lifestyle

Vegan, Vegetarian, Certified Organic

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2030

Description

M Chapoutier’s Crozes-Hermitage “Les Meysonniers” Rouge 2022 is an amazingly smooth & fruity Northern Rhône wine. It is produced from 100% Syrah or Shiraz with a light texture that brings to mind a top-class Burgundian Pinot Noir. Its elegance and balance are typical of the best wines of the Crozes Hermitage appellation, a lighter Rhône wine, once considered the “poor relation” of the region but now seen as a more experimental region with many young producers. This one comes from the well-known Rhone producer, Michel Chapoutier; though he has been producing wine for many years, his ideas are not stuck in the past but developing constantly to explore new ways to display the unique terroirs of his wines.

 

Crozes-Hermitage “Les Meysonniers” Rouge 2022 has the fruit jam and pepperiness typical of Syrah on the nose but they are more subtle than in some blockbuster Rhône wines. One of the reasons for this subtlety is that only 15% of the wine is aged in oak (the rest is aged in concrete tanks) to give it “consistency and power, along with aromatic complexity” and fruit flavours rather than flavours of oak. Plums, cherries, and damsons are prominent and there are hints of white pepper, mint and savoury characters. The palate is even more complex with bramble fruits, cherries & damsons plus a more evident pepperiness and marzipan & almonds in the background. The texture is smooth and the body of this wine rather delicate which makes it a very elegant, fruit-filled wine.

 

Only 15% of this wine is aged in oak barrels to add a little body, texture and complexity. The remainder is aged for at least 12 months in concrete tanks to preserve the freshness and minerality of the fruit. The mineral notes on the wine come from the sedimentary soils in the Les Meysonniers vineyard which are unique in Crozes-Hermitage.

How to enjoy

Drink with white meats, duck, game and salmon.

 

Serve at: 12 – 16°C

Producer's Notes

“Les Meysonniers” is a wine with fleshy tannins, and loads of floral and black fruit notes, as well as elegance.

 

Colour: very intense purplish red. Nose: red fruits, blackcurrant and raspberry, followed by violet aromas. Palate: ample and round, final of stewed fruits and vanilla.”

Awards

Not yet reviewed but here’s what was said about the 2020 vintage:

 

16+ points – JancisRobinson.com – Oct 2021
“Good, deep colour to the rim. Zesty, dark and red-fruit notes. Spicy and ripe on the palate. Freshness maintained. Grainy tannins but honed, giving some grip on the finish.”

 

90/100 – Decanter – Sep 2022
“Dense yet fresh with an underlying flinty mineral side to the aromas, some pencil lead on the palate. A spicy style, fresh, with plentiful tannin that needs time to settle. Remarkably introverted, still young, could score even higher in time.”

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