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, is well known to produce powerful yet elegant wine with plenty of ripe fruit. His estate covers roughly 13 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage and has a tiny parcel in Hermitage.
Aged 18 months in 30% demi-muids. Intense aromas of prune intermingled with licorice, cedar and earthy notes. Full bodied, meaty and deep on the palate with concentrated black fruit flavours and an amazing length.
From vines on clay-limestone soils in lieux dits Beaumes and Diognières, the fruit is fermented in concrete than aged for 18 months in demi-muids, 30% new and 70% second use. Rosemary and juniper sit amongst lifted blackberry and black cherry fruit. The medium-bodied palate is concentrated yet very fresh and lively, without excess oak or extraction. It buzzes with energy; lifted and drinkable. Really fresh, precise and crisp tannins lead to a long, saline and dynamic finish. A good year for Domaine du Colombier.- 96 pts Matt Walls, Deacnater Magazine