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    Emmanuel Darnaud

    About Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud 

     

    Domaine Emmanuel Darnaud is one of the most engaging and enthusiastic winemakers in St-Joseph. Producing wines of incredible generosity and polish, these are must-haves for all lovers of this stunning French region. 

     

    From his winery on La Roche de Glun, a small peninsular island standing proudly in the middle of the mighty Rhône River, Emmanuel is the very first Darnaud to actually make wines under his name despite coming from a very long line of growers and merchants. 

     

    Bursting onto the fine wine scene as recently as 2001 with a mere 1.5 hectares of rented land, Emmanuel has grown his extraordinary estate to 14 hectares, including parcels inherited from his father-in-law, the legendary Bernard Faurie, in St-Joseph. 

     

    A determined focus on conveying each individual terroir available to him has been a wonderous feature of Darnaud’s work over the past two decades. The work in the vineyard is of paramount importance, with each and every parcel picked and vinified separately before being placed in wooden casks or vats to continue their élevage. 

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    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £170.87
    2018

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (90-92)

    Tasted from tank, Darnaud's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche looks ridiculously good for an entry-level cuvée. Cracked pepper, black cherries and black olives all swirl about on the nose and palate of this medium to full-bodied wine. It's silky-textured, shows ample freshness and lingers attractively on the finish. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 11 90-92 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £170.87
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2020 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £273.34
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (89-91)

    I tasted the 2020 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche from tank, as it had been blended a week before my visit. Hints of tar and black olive accent blackberries and spice on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is plush and velvety in texture. Long and mouthwatering on the finish, this is really good entry-level stuff for drinking over the next 5 years or so.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 89-91 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £273.34
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)
    Inc. VAT: £332.14
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (91-94)

    I tasted three components of the 2020 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes—maybe four, as Darnaud hadn't yet decided on whether the last one would be included in this cuvée or bottled separately as Au Fil du Temps. The blend should reflect a balanced blend of floral, stemmy notes, bright red cherries and notes of dark-skinned fruit and black olives. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it should drink well on release and for up to a decade. The final sample, aged in second use François Frères barrels, stood out for its suave, silky texture, smoky notes, vibrant raspberry fruit and long finish. If Darnaud bottles it separately, don't hesitate to snap it up.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    ~1 week

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 91-94 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £332.14
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)
    In Bond: £129.00
    2018

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2018 (6x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (90-92)

    Tasted from tank, Darnaud's 2018 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche looks ridiculously good for an entry-level cuvée. Cracked pepper, black cherries and black olives all swirl about on the nose and palate of this medium to full-bodied wine. It's silky-textured, shows ample freshness and lingers attractively on the finish. When I visited Emmanuel Darnaud this year, he remained steadily upbeat, despite the hailstorms that ravaged his (and others') Crozes-Hermitage vineyards earlier in the season. "The hail came at a 'good' time," he said. "We lost this year's crop, but it allowed the vines to set new leaves and recover." He didn't think it would have a major impact on 2020. For 2017 and 2018, Darnaud said it was important not to pick too late, to keep temperatures down during fermentation, and to extract gently to retain finesse in the wines. He's experimenting more and more with whole-cluster fermentations and likes the results so far. "I'm not ready to say it should all be whole cluster, but it can add some freshness and finesse," he said. Personally, I was blown away by the aromatics and texture shown by the 100% whole-cluster trials that he offered for tasting. While known predominantly for his outstanding red wines, fans of Marsanne should make the effort to track down Darnaud's limited production (three barrels each) of white Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph. There likely won't be much Darnaud wine from the 2019 vintage, so buy the wines while you can.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 6x75cl 11 90-92 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £129.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2020 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £201.00
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Mise en Bouche 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (89-91)

    I tasted the 2020 Crozes Hermitage Mis en Bouche from tank, as it had been blended a week before my visit. Hints of tar and black olive accent blackberries and spice on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is plush and velvety in texture. Long and mouthwatering on the finish, this is really good entry-level stuff for drinking over the next 5 years or so.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 89-91 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £201.00
    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)
    In Bond: £250.00
    2020

    Emmanuel Darnaud Crozes-Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2020 (12x75cl)

    Wine Advocate (91-94)

    I tasted three components of the 2020 Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chênes—maybe four, as Darnaud hadn't yet decided on whether the last one would be included in this cuvée or bottled separately as Au Fil du Temps. The blend should reflect a balanced blend of floral, stemmy notes, bright red cherries and notes of dark-skinned fruit and black olives. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it should drink well on release and for up to a decade. The final sample, aged in second use François Frères barrels, stood out for its suave, silky texture, smoky notes, vibrant raspberry fruit and long finish. If Darnaud bottles it separately, don't hesitate to snap it up.
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    ~1 week

    Rhone 12x75cl 1 91-94 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £250.00

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