Jean-Claude Marsanne, Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, France 2018
This small parcel, which once belonged to Jean-Claude’s grandmother, has a fruit-forward, approachable style, yet with intense spice and licorice in there as well, perhaps from the deep-rooted old Syrah vines, planted in 1967. Dark, textured, and aromatic, the wine boasts beautiful notes of black cherry, stones, and a hint of black olive. This textbook northern Rhône Syrah is perfectly suited to fall roasts and winter stews.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 12-15 months in 228L barrels
The Marsanne family, as their name attests, has a long and deep-rooted history in the northern Rhône, in particular around Mauves, the birthplace of the Saint-Joseph appellation. In 1920, current owner Jean-Claude’s grandfather, Jean-Pierre, became the first in the family to focus solely on vineyards—no easy task given the impossibly steep slopes of Mauves, where everything must be worked by hand and pickaxe. Jean-Pierre started with just a few small parcels, selling off his crop to prestigious négociants, and was quickly renowned throughout the region for the exceptional quality of his grapes.
Over time, a small, but loyal following developed, especially among France’s fine dining establishments, which valued the finesse and elegance of Marsanne’s cuvées. The domaine remained largely unknown on the international scene, overlooked by many journalists and clients who sought out bolder, more extracted styles.
Region: Northern Rhône
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