Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Sicamor 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Rhône
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'A vibrant and intense style of Crozes-Hermitage, with characteristic blackberry and smoky bacon hints and notes of blackcurrant and iodine. Marked acidity lends freshness and acts as a counterpoint to the well-integrated oak. Compact and thirst-quenching. The Northern Rhône is the birthplace of Syrah, a natural crossing of Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. From here it has spread far and wide. Sicamor is a new cuvée by Chapoutier, from a blend of different terroirs. One is coarse-grained granite from the western side of the hill of Hermitage, another is stony soils on the eastern side, and the last is a parcel from Les Chassis on the flat terraces of Crozes-Hermitage. The grapes for this cuvée are all destemmed and it is then fermented in concrete and aged for 12 months in recently used 600L barrels, with no filtration and no fining before bottling. Drinking Window 2021 - 2024.' – Matt Walls, Decanter, 93/100

'The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Sicamor is deeper and richer in the range of Crozes, with earthy and savory notes joining black cherries and dried spices. Drawn from several lieux-dits directly around Hermitage, it's medium to full-bodied, with ample weight on the palate, a ripe, velvety mouthfeel and a long finish. Drink 2021-2030.' – Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, 91-93/100

'Assertive, spice-accented dark berry, floral and smoky mineral scents show fine delineation and a deeper suggestion of olive paste. Sappy and penetrating in the mouth, offering energetic boysenberry, black raspberry and violet pastille flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. Smoothly blends richness and energy and finishes long and pliant, with even tannins and strong, floral-driven tenacity. Fermented in concrete tanks and aged in used oak barrels.' – Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 91-93/100
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Michel Chapoutier
Alcohol 14%
Blend information 100% Syrah
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Rating DEC 93
Producer information Michel Chapoutier is the ultimate overachiever. Not only do his thrilling single-vineyard wines set the benchmark for the entire Rhône Valley, but he also produces some of the best value wines on the planet. With a 200-year history, wines from all corners of the Rhône and supreme quality throughout, Michel Chapoutier is the king of the Rhône Valley. Organic and biodynamic farming principles, together with traditional winemaking in top appellations, produce structured wines with long ageing potential. The wines tend to be generous, but each one speaks of its terroir and shows immaculate balance.
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