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Domaine Gilles Robin Crozes Hermitage "Cuvee Papillon" 2009 (Northern Rhone, France)
Domaine Gilles Robin Crozes Hermitage "Cuvee Papillon" 2009 (Northern Rhone, France)

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Winery: Domaine Gilles Robin
Varietal: 100% Syrah
Region: Crozes Hermitage, Northern Rhone, France
Vintage: 2009
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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About This Wine:

The pleasure of a fruity Syrah in its purest form

Papillon is a concentrate of young Syrah grapes. This bottle is an approach of the feminine and spicy style of the Cuvée Albéric Bouvet. In fact, this Syrah comes from approximately 10 years’ old vines which will, in the future, elaborate the blending of the Cuvée Albéric Bouvet whose elegance and finesse is solely based on old vines. Papillon is a wine whose fruit is pure and crunchy. To elaborate this cuvee each year, a role of composition is required as the estate selects the best plots to get a young fruity wine, decides how long it should age in barrels and creates the ideal blending of various terroirs.

Tasting of Cuvée Papillon 2008

(Red Wine - Crozes Hermitage AOC)
Deep and ruby colour, with a frank and charming nose. Small black fruits, cherry and sweet spices build a nice harmony. On the palate, this wine is round and firm, then develops a beautiful clear and precise structure made of ripe fruits. This refreshing wine is vibrant, enhanced by white pepper and liquorice notes. Tannins, still young, are silky and will develop over the next 2-3 years. Fruity and delicate, this wine finishes with slightly oaky notes showing its young age.

Ratings & Reviews

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Bright purple. Primary dark fruit and floral aromas show hints of dark chocolate and smoked meat. Spicy blackberry and cherry compote flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and pick up dusty minerality with air. A rich but energetic wine with very good finishing punch and a meaty quality. Robin says this wine is especially sauvage this year." -Stephen Tanzer (Jan/Feb 2011)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Shows nice ripeness for the vintage, with racy black cherry and cherry pit notes laced with a hint of anise. A stony edge frames the pure finish. Drink now through 2011. 406 cases imported." –JM (Sep 30, 2010)

Average Customer Review: 4 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Delicious Syrah Under $20 June 3, 2011
Reviewer: Chris B. from Santa Clara, CA  
This is just simply a scrumptious Crozes-Hermitage (Syrah) that happens to be under $20. This wine is an enticing dark Ruby/Purple color in the glass. The nose is sweet and savory with some hints of cocoa/chocolate. As for the taste, what is most noticeable is the sweet, ripe, and pure dark fruit with a silky, elegant frame. There are also a nice hints of spice, minerality, white pepper, and liquorice. Really outstanding mouth-feel, sip after sip. This wine is drinking well now after being opened only for 30 min. Overall, the 2009 Papillon is a crowd-pleaser for the price.

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