Florent Viale, a modest man, took over the winemaking at Domaine du Colombier in Tain l’Hermitage in 1991 and since then has really hit his stride with his wonderfully complex and textured Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage. Florent is a master at making Syrah and has a deft touch producing wines that are pure, full of character with a perfect silky charm.
The Crozes Hermitage vineyards lie right next to the Hermitage appellation and so have the best sites within the appellation. He makes two Crozes Hermitages with the cuvee prestige Gaby (named after Florent’s father) being the more concentrated and ageworthy one produced from the best barrels. His Hermitage is outstanding – rich and full but still very elegant with fine tannins.