2018 - DOMAINE ALEOFANE - Crozes Hermitage Syrah, Rhône Valley

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A complex and subtle 100% Syrah from the Northern Rhone Valley. It's an elegant wine, very floral on the notes - hints of violets, with the typical local aromatic plants find in the south of France (thyme, rosemary) with notes of dark red fruits, red plums. It's spicy, meaty, cherries and moka notes. The wine has a deep cassis color leading to purple. The wine is powerful on the palate and shows smooth tannins from the ageing in oak.

In 2004, at the age of 28, Natacha Chave started her own domain. This fledging vigneronne bought 1.3 hectares of vines among the hilly fertile soils of Saint-Joseph in Northern Rhône. Just three years later, in 2007, she grew her domain, purchasing another 6.5 hectares of old vines in the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, where she added some new plantings as well. Winemaking is in her blood. Her parents realised their dream of making wine in the 1970s, when they established a small winery in Crozes-Hermitage. Her older brother, the eminent Yann Chave, later took over their parents’ estate. Rather than join the family business, Natacha desired independence and to make wine free of limitations. She had her eye set on the region in which she grew up, the Northern Rhône, where she believes the perfect expression of her favourite grape Syrah can be found.