M. Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage La Petite Ruche 2013

An artistic post from Vinthropology, a sommelier in Italy who writes extensive tasting notes, but who unusually sketches a piece of artwork around an image of a wine’s label to illustrate visually the aromas and flavours to be found. Whether you are a wine lover or not, her own artwork is to be admired and appreciated. Do visit her blog to see more.


Pleasantly nostalgic and earthy, distinct and wonderfully expressive. A bold character masterfully crafted.

Dense ruby in colour.

First impact of barnyard followed by intense aromas of blackberry, raspberry, cherry and peppercorns with soft hints of chocolate.

On the palate it’s dry with medium-high acidity and bold tannins, berry flavours quickly checked by peppery spices.

A bold and young wine showing potential for longevity.

88 points

Food pairings:

The balance of juicy berry flavours and spices makes this wine a perfect pair for red meat and game. Some examples: roasted lamb, barbecue ribs, filet mignon

Crozes-Hermitage is a French AOC found in the northern region of Rhône. It is one of the largest regions in northern Rhône and is generally viewed with less prestige than other neighbouring regions such as Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage, which also makes the prices more approachable. This AOC surrounds the hill of Hermitage, with terraced vineyards, a…

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