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Jean-Luc Colombo Les Gravieres Crozes Hermitage 2013

There are probably few Rhone Syrahs with the seductive appeal of Jean-Luc Colombo Les Gravieres Crozes Hermitage 2013.

This is a sexy wine. No doubt there; full of young, teasing blackberry fruit before a burst of dryness and a whole-mouth tickle of spice, it’s so enjoyable you won’t be able to avoid refilling your glass.

The deep, purple-ruby colour shows of this wine’s youth, but the tannins have already mellowed enough for this to be an enjoyable “drink now” Syrah. Might happily be cellared for a year, but you might start losing fruit after that.

All those trademark blackberry notes are paired with very well balanced pepper. Very interesting wine, and at fair value too (£13.99, Waitrose, 75cl, May 2015).

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Serve with…

…venison. The lighter body of this Syrah, and it’s young fruity-but-spicy style, works great with this type of meat.

BFW Rating


Overall

Super spicy, bright young Syrah. Packs of blackberry fruit and a long finish that’s matched with a deep and characterful body.

Body:
Full Bodied


Variety:
Syrah


Region:
Northern Rhone, France


Alcohol:
13.0%

Vintage:
2013


Price:
££-£££


Suitable for:
Vegetarians


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