2012 Crozes-Ermitage, Le Grand Courtil, Domaine Ferraton

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Le Grand Courtil is Ferraton’s single-vineyard in Crozes Hermitage , and one which we have followed on and off over the years. Now, quality-wise, it is most definitely on, its Mercurol vines gaining in maturity and its optimal period of elevage now settled at a generous 14 months, in barriques of which are 20% new. The 2012 has the Crozes imprimaturs of tapenade and bacon rind writ large, and a palate which is generous and ripe, with gentle vanilla to recall the wood ageing. Simon Field MW, Rhône Wine Buyer Ferreton’s renaissance continues apace; Chapoutier ownership has in no way dulled its