From the only affordable producer of Hermitage comes this little cheeky delight.
Crozes Hermitage “Cuvee Gaby” 2004, Domaine du Colombier
A really refined nose of complex fruit and charming earthiness. There is a hint of cheap cologne, but the character of the fruit and earthiness move it on from such stereotypes of Crozes. The palate is svelte and elegant with a soft tannic structure and an explosion of peppery, dark fruit. It tastes really soft and charming, quite delicious. This may of have not have the vigour, and also be down a bit of style, compared to the great Alain Graillot, but is has reasonable complexity and is quite fun. I suppose this could age for another 5-8 years, but I really wouldn’t bother; this is most pleasing as it is.