An American jewel
The wines of Hors Catégorie Vineyards are unlike anything Christophe has created before.
“Bravo to the team for this incredible effort,” said Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate after tasting the first vintage, a 2014 Syrah. “This deep, ruby-colored barrel sample yields a masculine, even austere character in its smoky, early, shiitake mushroom, and bloody meat-driven aromas and flavors.”
2014 HORS CATEGORIE VINEYARD SYRAH
“99 Points...the inky colored 2014 Syrah is a huge, unctuous effort the exhibits crazy notes of Asian spice, soy, shiitake mushroom, blackcurrants and tar. Tasking like a young Hermitage la Chappelle from Jaboulet (from a great vintage), with lots of tannin, blood, minerality and smoke, a huge mid-palate, and tons of tannin, it's a tour de force in Syrah I wish I could pour for every reader. Forget bottles for 4-5 years and drink over the following two decades or more.” –Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate
“The first thing that struck me was the open, almost weightless texture,” wrote Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator, citing “mineral notes galore, reminiscent of wet stones and hot bricks” and “hints of cinnamon, fresh-baked bread and a field of flowers.”
He continues, “Baron is right. Hors Catégorie looks like a jewel,” he said after barrel tasting the 2014 vintage. “This combination of expressiveness, power and weightlessness is rare in American syrah.”