Thoughtful Etienne Pochon is our touchstone for quality in the large northern Rhône appellation of Crozes-Hermitage, which surrounds Hermitage proper and yields lighter Syrah styles. Generations of Pochons have occupied the cobblestone-built medieval Château de Curson, but have only made their own wines, by eco-friendly methods, since 1988. Aged in large barrels, this supple, savoury wine has ripe redcurrant fruit and hints of liquorice, pepper and spice. Great with roast ham.
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