Pic & Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage 2010

My sister was over for the night and I had the sneaking suspicion that we would end up meandering our way through more then one bottle of wine. So I decided to give a pour to a singular grape varietal of the same vintage, one a New World wine and the other an Old World bottle in order to compare and contrast the resulting character of the same grape. After perusing thru my wine racks, I selected Pic & Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage 2010 and The Hedonist Shiraz 2010, both 100% Syrah.

Pic & Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage Syrah is a collaboration between 7thgeneration winemaker Michel Chapoutier and famed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Michel Chapoutier is a world-renowned Rhône Valley winemaker, visionary and pioneer in biodynamic winemaking. His passion and commitment have resulted in an unsurpassed consistency of high quality wines; he’s produced the most 90+ point ratings of all Rhône producers, and 16 ‘100 point’ wines. Maison Pic is located in the town of Valence in the Rhône Valley is renowned for its French gastronomic cuisine. The restaurant has more than a century of history; Anne-Sophie Pic is the third generation chef/owner. Each generation has received the honour of three Michelin stars; she is the fourth female chef to ever win three stars. She was awarded the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef Award in 2011 and was named a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

Dark red-violet in colour, after decanting for about 30 minutes aromas of blueberry, black olives and hints of wildflowers radiated from the glass. Vinified in cement and stainless steel preserving the fruit purity, blueberry and red current flavours swelled and were supported by earthy leather and dry tannins in the medium to full body. White pepper, smoky meat and graphite mineral elements comprised the moderate finish. Well-balanced, silky smooth with clean flavours, this is a fantastic companion at the table or on its own.

100% Syrah
Crozes-Hermitage/ Rhône Valley
France
Bottled by EMB 26347d for LA S.A.R.L. Pic & Chapoutier 
13% Alcohol
$23
Enjoy now thru 2016

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