Crozes Hermitage ‘Certitude’ François Villard, 2016/17
François Villard, St-Michel-sur-Rhône, Condrieu
“The wines have immediate flair and lots of life in them. The winemaking is modern, with new oak a constant feature. Villard has been restraining himself on the cellar techniques in the last two or three vintages, and the wines sit more comfortably in the glass as a result.”
John Livingstone-Learmonth, DrinkRhone.com 2017
François’ empire keeps growing, but he still keeps a tight rein on the operations, whilst being open to sharing his knowledge and passion for his region. The recent winery above St-Michel-sur-Rhône, that seemed so large a few years ago, is now bursting with vats and barrels, but the quality remains. The wines are often seen on the tables of most of the best restaurants around the world.
Rich, full-bodied, complex and elegant. The whites are picked late to give them extra body and complexity, but still maintain a thrilling mineral streak and crisp acidity. They can also age magnificently over five years, adding complex aromas of white peaches, honeysuckle and honey. The reds are just as good as the whites - full-bodied but soft and elegant with fine grained tannins, lots of red berry and cherry fruit, pepper, spice and hints of oak from those new barrels.
Grape: 100% Syrah