Francois Villard, Crozes Hermitage ‘Certitude’ 2016

£22.00 (75cl)

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François Villard worked in the restaurant business until 1985, before spending 3 years as a chef in the Vienne hospital. His thoughts then turned to becoming a sommelier, but he thought it would be easier to become a vigneron!
Villard is a self-taught winemaker; his father, a smallholder mainly growing cereals in the Isère, did not even drink wine! However, François has a close friendship with Yves Cuilleron, from whom he learned a great deal. “I had been fired by an enthusiasm for wine since I was 20”, recalls François. “We grew a few hybrid vines and I bought some books on winemaking and set off. I do admit that I was a kept man, by my wife, for 10 years”.

François planted his first vines in 1989. He became a full-time vigneron in 1991 and built his own winery in 1997. His total production is approximately 250,000 bottles, covering almost 30 cuvées in a variety of appellations: Vin de France (white, red, rosé and Moëlleux), Saint Péray, St Joseph Rouge and Blanc, Condrieu and Côte Rôtie. François owns about 30 hectares of vines in all, as well as buying in some grapes for a few cuvées as part of his négoce operation.
As far as his viticultural approach is concerned, he does not use any pesticides and only uses very light herbicide treatments if it proves to be absolutely necessary. He aims to reduce treatments to zero when and where possible, but not at the price of quality and flavour. All the grapes are hand-harvested. François is not shy of having a little botrytis on his white grapes, be they Marsanne for his St Joseph or Viognier for his Condrieu. For him botrytis brings complexity. His wines can be found on the tables of most of the best restaurants around the world!



Jancis Robinson (Purple Pages jancisrobinson.com):

Smoky, rich nose and firm tannins on the palate. Serious and ageworthy style with a long, fragrant finish that captures the perfume of Syrah well. (RH) Points: 16.5 +. Date Tasted: 15/11/2017

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):

The 2016 Crozes Hermitage Certitude starts off with stemmy, vegetal notes (it's 100% whole cluster), then moves into bold cherry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with supple tannins that turn silky on the finish. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. ( Joe Czerwinski) Points: 89. Issue Date: 28/12/2018

Jeb Dunnuck (jebdunnuck.com):

The 2016 Crozes Hermitage Certitude comes from sandy, pebbly and clay soils in the Chassis region and spent 18 months in older barrels. It’s saturated purple-colored and has notes of plum and darker berry fruits, white and black pepper, and plenty of gamey notes. It's much more upfront and fleshy compared to the Malfondieres release yet still packs plenty of tannins and is going to benefit from short-term cellaring. It’s a terrific value. (Jeb Dunnuck) Points: 92. Date Tasted: 20/12/2018

Regions Vintage Report:

“After an exceptional 2015 vintage it’s difficult to believe that 2016 could match up to let alone deliver wines of superior quality. It was quite different in the North with fresher, fragrant whites and more subtle and elegant reds. But for once the South is where sublime wines were produced with some of the most impressive wines I have ever tasted! And to make things better they are not overly rich or heavy, but rather exceptionally balanced. Volumes are reasonable, especially compared to 2017 where quantities are very often 50% down on average” Christian Honorez Director The North Following the superlative 2015 vintage it would be easy to downgrade 2016 wines. Of course, they do not have the intensity and ripeness of last year’s wines but they make up for it with beautiful fruit and great balance. One does not always look for muscle and structure in the North and many beautiful wines are produced in balanced vintages like 2016. Do not get me wrong, 2016 isn’t a weak and lean vintage, far from it, but the best wines are those capturing the essence of the Syrah grown in that part of France; perfumed, elegant and savoury. Moreover, of course a slightly cooler year benefitted the whites that are incredibly perfumed, rich but not overly ripe. The South It was difficult not to notice the broad smiles and the joy after the 2016 vintage. Two magnificent vintages producing decent yields will certainly help the producer’s cash flow, especially after a few challenging vintages and the prospect of notably reduced volumes in 2017. The whites are rich, perfumed with enough freshness to carry the ripeness through. Many of them will evolve beautifully for several years, but of course, the ‘piece de resistance’ are the magnificent reds. Ripe, juicy, with just enough structure, elegant tannins and a good dose of freshness; I cannot remember having tasted so many great wines from a single vintage. The easiest ones are so appealing that I wanted to decant them into a bottle to drink the same day, despite knowing that they will last and improve for many years. Some wines are a touch more austere and will require 2 or 3 years cellaring, but for many of us the problem will be to resist the charm and appeal of these young wines. I will certainly buy as much as possible to enjoy over the next 10+ years. Christian Honorez, Director November 2017 ©adVINture 2020

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