Stéphane Rousset “Les Picaudieres” 2016 - Cellar Direct
Stéphane Rousset “Les Picaudieres” 2016 - Cellar Direct

Stéphane Rousset “Les Picaudieres” 2016

Borne of the steep granite slopes of Crozes-Hermitage comes an absolute powerhouse from the northern Rhone. “Les Picaudieres” is a Syrah of resplendent depth and complexity. Excellent now, it is built to age. Fabulous aromas of black fruits, smoke and garrigue. The palate is full but not heavy, with cool, dark fruits and a mineral acidity that enlivens the wine. This is light years ahead of most Crozes and will be of particular interest to real Rhône enthusiasts.

The word is out: Stephane Rousset is a north Rhone rising star. His winegrowing philosophy is a model of simplicity, producing some of the finest wines in Crozes-Hermitage and beyond, reminiscent of the best the region has to offer. But his value quotient represents a QPR that’s off the charts for some seriously old vines.