2011 Crozes-Hermitage, Clos des Grives, Domaine Combier

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Clos des Grives is, as the name suggests, a single site – a large walled plot dating from 1952. Its geographical and stylistic features are not too removed from those of the wines from Hermitage itself; power and elegance combine with Syrah purity of fruit, all tempered by the finest argilo-calcaire terroir. Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer The Combiers and the Graillots are neighbours, as indeed are their vines, and they are probably the most highly respected vignerons in the appellation, as indeed are their wines. Laurent is not the only one to compare 2011 stylistically to 2006 and 2007; this is