Alain Jaume ‘La Butte d’Or’ Crozes-Hermitage
Northern Rhone Valley, France
Made From: Syrah
Tastes Like: Black Raspberry, Olive, Herbs
Crozes Hermitage is the baby brother to Hermitage, one of France’s greatest wine regions. Bottles of Hermitage run into the hundreds of dollars very easily, but neighboring Crozes Hermitage produces exceptional value versions of those highly sought-after Syrah bottlings. This sustainably-produced Crozes Hermitage comes from Alain Jaume, a prestigious negociant winemaker from Chateauneuf-du-Pape who is intimately connected with vineyards up and down the Rhone valley.
“This is firm and spicy, its blackberry flavors run through with long, lean tannins. Approachable now, this should age well.” – 91 Points and “Year’s Best Northern Rhone (2019),” Wine & Spirits
“…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…” – 90-92, Points Jeb Dunnuck
“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.” – 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast