In the heart of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation, the Syrah vines are planted on a parent rock close to the surface and granite soils offering good drainage. On the southern side vines are planted on chalky-limestone soils covered with smooth pebbles.
The Cuvée Laurent is a new (1999!) addition to the range from Laurent Combier and exhibits all the class and finesse that we have come to expect from this extremely talented winemaker and charming man. The Syrah is all hand-harvested from Laurent's own immaculate vineyards and is vinified in his new cellar, equipped as one would expect with the most modern equipment. Laurent however believes - as do many of the great winemakers - that fine wines are grown, not made, and he takes as hands off as possible approach to the winemaking, using for example wild yeasts for fermentation. The wine sees a brief period in oak before being bottled and released.
Almost opaque with a purple hue, this is classic Syrah from the Northern Rhône. Rich and spicy on the nose with an underlying savoury quality, the palate is rich and spicy too, with ripe approachable tannins. The finish is long, smooth and velvety.