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Laurent Fayolle Crozes-Hermitage Les Pontaix 2020

France Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2020
  • ABV: 14.5%
  • Origin: Crozes-Hermitage / Northern Rhône / France
  • Grapes: Syrah


A new discovery for us but what a delightful find. Laurent is the 6th generation of his family to run the estate, taking over in 2002 and converting the property to organic farming. They own around 7 hectares of vineyards around Hermitage that qualify for Crozes Hermitage (Syrah) and Saint Peray (Marsanne).

A single 3.5-hectare vineyard on the back of Hermitage itself and planted to 100% Syrah. A steep, terraced site of 40-year-old vines planted on clay-limestone, giving this lovely grip and structure. I liked this most of the three lieu-dits Crozes in the tasting, a fresh and lifted style with cracked pepper, sage brush and blue-black fruits. Seductive charm and superb value for money.