Crozes-Hermitage AOC 2018 Rouge, Domaine des Combat
"Fruity and elegant wine for special occasions."
"Cote du Rhone with a lot of freshness and fruit."
The Combat family have been in the region since the very beginning of the Cross Hermitage appellation - and 27 year old Sandra Combat is making impressive strides with her glorious vintage made from three small plots at the foot of Mercurol using low-intervention, natural farming.
The vines are trained to the great height of 2m in order to capture the light and hard debuting is carried out to guarantee the best aeration as well as stripping in early September to optimise the maturity of the grape.
Vivid ruby colour with floral (violet prominent), wild black berries and spice on the nose. Concentrated ripe black cherry, plum and blackberry palate with hints of olive and chocolate and a little spice. Elegant, well-balanced with soft tannins and a complex finish.