Rhône Paradox Villard Baudet Crozes Hermitage 2012
Blown Away By the Quality
For my brother’s 50th birthday, we roasted a whole baby lamb in his “La Cajachina”. As was to be expected, I was tasked with choosing the wine. For me, roast lamb calls for either an aged Bordeaux (or other older, Cabernet based wine) or a Syrah. From the standoint of value, there is no question that a young Syrah is more cost effective. That was important, because we had 22 people coming over, and many of them love their wine.
Based on price and availability (we’re out of the incredible Marsanne St. Joseph I recommended recently) I chose the Rhône Paradox Villard Baudet Crozes Hermitage 2012.
I double decanted (wine into the decanter, then back into the bottle) 8 bottles about 3 hours before dinner. It was an incredible success. I not the only one blown away. I liked the wine, other wise I wouldn’t have purchased it for the store. I still wasn’t expecting it to be that good.
The wine was smooth as silk. Perfectly balanced between fruit and acidity.
The dark, rich, ripe black fruit was beautiful. The secondary notes of black pepper, black olive, earth, mushroom, coffee, and soy sauce just kept teasing the palate, with different flavors coming to the front at different times as I worked through several glasses. It was a fantastic pairing with the lamb, and it was just as good on it’s own before dinner.