The wine comes from vineyards planted on well drained soils that are composed of gravels deposited by the Isere and Rhone Rivers. They store heat and bring a beautiful expression of Syrah.
The nose offers intense aromas of violet, blueberry and blackcurrant that mingle with subtle notes of mint and black pepper. In the mouth, the wine is juicy and pleasant with a velvety texture.
"The 2019 Crozes-Hermitage La Butte D'Or is incredibly spicy and peppery, with a medium-bodied, elegant, nicely balanced style. Delivering silky yet present tannins as well as good acidity, it’s just about as gulpable and delicious as they come. Enjoy bottles over the coming 4-6 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (November 2020), 89-91 pts
"This is firm and spicy, its blackberry flavors run through with long, lean tannins. Approachable now, this should age well."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (November 2019), 91 pts
YEAR'S BEST NORTHERN RHONE
"The 2017 Crozes Hermitage La Butte D'Or is another terrific Crozes Hermitage from this vintage. Deep, ripe notes of black cherries, black raspberries, leafy herbs, and pepper all flow to a medium to full-bodied, layered, textured beauty that has sweet tannins and tons of fruit. Drink it any time over the coming 5-7 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (December 20th 2018), 90-92 pts
"This is a rich, concentrated Syrah packed with inky cassis and blueberry flavors. Full bodied and glossy in texture, it's a pleasing, intensely fruity wine edged by hints of anise and olive. Primary in nature, it's at peak now–2025. - ANNA LEE C. IIJIMA"
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2019), 90 pts
"From a hot, sunny year, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage La Butte D'Or reveals a solid ruby/purple hue as well as loads of blueberry and black raspberry fruits intermixed with peppery herbs, earth, and a touch of smoked game. It's textured, medium-bodied, and balanced."
- Jeb Dunnuck (November 2020), 90 pts
In the 14th century, during their stay in Avignon, the popes built a papal castle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Impressed by the area’s exceptional terroir surrounding the castle, Pope Jean XXII planted the ...