If I Could Buy Only One – May 1st VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”

Michael Godel – Finding value in old world European regions gets increasingly harder every year. The key to understanding where to look lies in the “lesser” appellations located in near proximate vicinity to the highly regarded, sought after and most expensive tracts of terroir. Crozes Hermitage is such a place, near to the Northern Rhône’s Hermitage, St. Joseph, Cornas and Côte-Rotie. While these appellations have risen in quality and cost, the less heralded C-H has only joined in the former. More and more the bottles of Crozes-Hermitage arrive on VINTAGES shelves and if consumers have yet to get woke it’s more than high time they did so. The location for production of the J. Dénuzière Crozes Hermitage 2018 is Condrieu and the estate works with fruit there and in Cornas, but also with growers in Côte Rotie, St. Joseph and Hermitage. The essence of Crozes is captured right here in this glass. More than depth there is this enigma of what syrah is, not fully known but instead experienced, felt and accepted, if by intuition only. Floral but reserved, spiced and sweetly so, rendered, slowly developed, sure as day and night give way to one another. A perfect wine within context and one that just seems so right.

($29.95, Dbino Inc.)

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