The 2018 Crozes Hermitage Blanc is a 90-10 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne. Nearly half was fermented and aged in demi-muids, while the rest went into stainless steel. Ripe, round pear and melon notes finish silky and long in this medium to full-bodied effort. It's an easy-drinking, flavorful white to down over the next year or so.
Score: 89 points -- Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 2020
Brothers Florent and David of the Domaine du Colombier produce some of the most respected wines from the Crozes Hermitage appellation, as well as from Hermitage itself, where they own 1.5 hectares of vineyard in the Beaumes lieu-dit. Grape growers before they were winemakers, the family used to sell grapes to large players in the region like Guigal, but have been bottling their own product since 1992. True to their fruit farming heritage, the Viales continue to farm apricots as well as grapes.