Mmm.! Lovely mature nose, with French stable, ammonium, licorice, smoke and game. Some glue on the nose, that fooled me. Served blind, three out of three had this as an old Barolo. Very soft & good fruit, with no tannins remaining. Still, really good wine, with a good long finish and a good match to the steak tartar tonight. Still very much alive. Looks older in the glass.
Ruby colored with a hint of brick. Floral nose. Raspberry, blackberry and violets. The palate has a strange acidic hollow core which probably distinguishes Crozes from big sister Hermitage. Will not get any better, and probably not a great QPR.
Give this wine some time after opening. An initially funky nose blows off to reveal plum and blackberry aromas. The palate is magnificent, wtih open-knit licorice and blackberry fruit, and hints of roast meat. There is a strong acid streak in the wine but it is balanced with good tannin and very good structure. Crozes doesn't get better than this.
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