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The meaty and gentle 1997 Domaine du Colombier, Cuvee Gaby, Crozes-Hermitage


It was not until 1991 that the red Crozes-Hermitage was sold under the Colombier label instead of being sold off in bulk.  Of these wines, the Cuvee Gaby is a barrel selection of the best casks chosen one month before bottling.  The 1997 vintage is regarded as better in the Northern Rhone as compared to the Southern Rhone.  Having enjoyed other vintages of Cuvee Gaby I thought it would be fun to try a decent “old” vintage.  The wine did remind me of a Crozes-Hermitage and I was attracted to both the meaty aromas, potpourri flavors, and savory finish.  At 19 years of age it is certainly in fine shape with characteristics reminiscent of younger vintage.  However, the laid back impression left me wanting for more zip.

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1997 Domaine du Colombier, Cuvee Gaby, Crozes-Hermitage
Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose is meaty with clean aromas of pencil lead.  In the mouth there is nice, grapey fruit flavors with added complexity from dry potpourri notes.  The initial firmness in flavor is eventually replaced by a gentle, almost laid back impression.  The wine then brings on soy sauce, tart berries in the middle and a savory finish.  ** Now – 2021.

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