Laurent Fayolle Crozes-Hermitage Les Pontaix 2019

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2019
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Origin: Crozes-Hermitage / Northern Rhône / France
  • Grapes: Syrah


The 2019 vintage is outstanding right across France, and indeed Europe, and in the Rhône Valley (both in the south and the north) its every bit as good as it was in Bordeaux and Burgundy. It’s the most compelling vintage since 2015 with some of that year’s flamboyant power and has some of the beautiful precision and freshness of 2016. Just as in Burgundy and Bordeaux, the combination of ripeness and brightness is compelling, and modern fermentation trends permit a gentler extraction than methods of just one decade ago. There is so much to like in 2019.

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.