Gilles Robin Cuvée Alberic Bouvet 2005

With just over 1200 hectares Crozes-Hermitage is the biggest appellation in the northern Rhône. it is clear that an area of this size produces a great variety of styles. At the cool northern end wines tend to be more subtle and fragile while the ones from the warm south are rather big and sturdy. Gilles Robin’s flagship Cuvée Alberic comes from a zone called Les Chassis, an ancient riverbed of gallets and clay left behind by the mighty river Rhône. Combined with mature vines and yields that are kept well below the permitted maximum the quality of the fruit is excellent, allowing Robin to mature the wine in partly new barriques for approximately 15 months without losing balance or finesse. On the nose the oak plays a prominant role with loads of vanilla, olives and bacon perfectly complementing plums, raspberries and blackcurrants. The same characters follow through on a sleek palate with lovely fruit wrapped in creamy tannins and smoky oak before a refreshing and spicy finish. A stylish, modern and typical Crozes-Hermitage that shows dedicated and skillful winemaking. 91 points

Source: Vintage & Vine/Liquid Library  Price: $55  Drink: Now-2012+

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