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Combier's 2016 Crozes Hermitage Clos des Grives comes from a single parcel of 50+-year-old vines in Pont de l'Isère. The oak here is simply breathtaking, ranging from gentle cedar and vanilla through to toasted coconut and baking spices, all supported by ripe cherries on a plush, creamy palate that's expansive without being weighty, then finishes long and supple. Drink: 2018-2025' (Dec18)
So far ahead of the organics game was Laurent’s father Maurice, he gained the nickname of Maurice le Fou (Crazy Maurice) when he converted the family’s mixed fruit farm over 40 years ago. All that hard work has paid off for his son, and current generation winemaker Laurent Combier. After a short hiatus away from the family farm studying oenology and working at some fancy wineries Laurent returned full of knowledge and gusto, and big decisions were made to pull their grapes from the local co-op and focus on Domaine Combier. Since those important years, Domaine Combier has grown quite a following for their organic, and more importantly, well made wines.
The dense Clos de Grives is from a low yielding 4.5 hectare vineyard planted in 1954 on rich red clay and chalky soils. The top cuvee from Combier, this will appreciate a couple of years in the cellar and drink well over the next fifteen.
|Grape Variety||Syrah / Shiraz|