The Crozes-Hermitage puzzle

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In the reds, this fashionable name has become a ‘basic’ for the stylish drinker. Being trendy does not exclude being complex. Details below.

The renewed interest in the wines of the northern Rhône valley is illustrated, among other things, by the return to the forefront of the wines of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, the largest (by size) among its sisters in the Southern Rhône region. If the immediate proximity of this AOC to the Hermitage hill has not failed to establish its reputation, it has somewhat overshadowed its complex geology, which is nevertheless rich in specifics to promote its terroirs. While increasingly exciting whites are produced here from the Roussanne and Marsanne grapes, it is the reds produced solely from Syrah that have attracted the attention of professionals and consumers in recent years. Spread over eleven communes and more than 1,700 hectares, this heterogeneous appellation area offers

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