Wine Advocate 92 Points points - The 2010 Crozes-Hermitage exhibits notes of red currants, raspberries and bay leaf in an elegant, medium-bodied, richly fruity style that should drink nicely for 5-6 years.
The exceptional 2009 Crozes-Hermitage is one of the top wines of the vintage. A complex bouquet of black olives, licorice, ground beef, spring flowers and red and black currants soars from the glass of this100% Syrah that is aged in 3-year-old barrels as well as larger foudres. With remarkable density, this evolved, approachable, delicious, full-bodied Crozes should drink well for a decade.The following paragraph is taken from issue #193, but I believe it is so important to understand the Guigal philosophy that I am repeating it verbatim. " As I have written many times before, no one in the wineworld is better at "raising" a wine (or as the French call it elevage) than Marcel Guigal, who learned the skills from his father, Etienne. Because everyone tends to focus on vintage conditions and terroir, the importance of a wineâ€™s elevage is often overlooked, but Guigal's unusually long tank, foudre and small barrel aging regime for all his red wines as well as several of his whites results in an array of remarkable wines time and time again. Robert Parker The Wine Advocate