Already gorgeous, the 2013 Crozes Hermitage Domaine des Grands Chemins comes all from the Les Chassis region of Crozes (this is the flatter plain that stretches west from the Rhône river); it was raised in a combination of stainless steel and smaller barrels. It offers classic violet-tinged black and blue fruits, tapenade, bay leaf and peppery notes in a medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky style that just begs to be drunk. While bottles wouldn’t last long at my house, it will cruise for another 10-15 years on its balance.
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate (Issue # 222 - Dec 2015)
Deep ruby. Fresh dark berries, candied flowers and cracked pepper on the mineral-tinged nose. Broad and fleshy on entry and then tighter and more lively in the middle, offering juicy cherry and blackberry flavors that pick up a smoky nuance with air. Rich yet energetic, displaying strong closing thrust and supple, slowly building tannins that sneak in late.
91 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Mar 2016)