Domaine du Colombier is one of the finest sources of high-class and sensibly priced northern Rhône Syrah. Florent Viale, third generation owner and winemaker, matures his wine for long period (2 to 3 years in large 600L barrels) to remove the need for fining and filtration and obtain maximum character and complexity.
Aromas of ripe melon and stone fruit with hints of orange marmalade and scorched citrus zest. Medium to full-bodied and round on the palate with a long finish.
The 2018 Crozes Hermitage Blanc is a 90-10 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne. Nearly half was fermented and aged in demi-muids, while the rest went into stainless steel. Ripe, round pear and melon notes finish silky and long in this medium to full-bodied effort.- 89 pts Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate