93 points Jeb Dunnuck
“As to the Northern Rhônes, 2018 is clearly an impressive vintage for this estate. The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Des Grands Chemins reveals a deep ruby/purple hue as well as classic Northern Rhône Syrah notes of darker, earthy fruits, ground pepper, violets, and spice. It's elegant, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has moderate tannins, all making for an already delicious, impeccably made wine. Drink bottles over the coming 8-10 years.”
92 points Wine Enthusiast
"Piercing flavors of cassis and blueberry are edged by granite, sweet spice and smoke in this full-bodied Syrah. Matured 14 months in a combination of tank and used Burgundian barrels, it's weighty and substantial on the palate yet vibrantly balanced and mineral too. The finish lingers on fine-grained, delicately gripping tannins. At peak now–2028."
92 points Vinous
“Lively aromas of fresh cherry and dark berries, candied flowers, cracked pepper and smoky minerals. Juicy and seamless in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, black raspberry and spicecake flavors that show fine detail and become sweeter as the wine stretches out. Finishes on a building floral note, displaying strong tenacity, well-knit tannins and repeating cherry and spice notes.”
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Crozes-Hermitage "Domaine des Grands Chemins" is made from a blend of grapes that come exclusively from the Domaine des Grands Chemins, owned by Delas Frères. All the vineyard plots lie on benches known as "Le Chassis," formed at the junction between the rivers Isère and Rhône. The Crozes-Hermitage vineyards are the largest of the northern Rhône appellations. In the northern part, the soils are formed by the granite slopes that run on from those of Hermitage. In the south, soils are alluvial, stemming from glacier and river beds, with benches made up of rolled stones and silt from the Rhône river. Syrah is the main varietal grown, with Marsanne or Roussanne making up no more than 15 percent. Tasting Notes: The color is deep, with a garnet hue deepened by purple tinges. The nose shows seductive whiffs of crushed black fruit — dark cherries, blackberries and blackcurrants — that evolve in the glass to reveal slightly smoky and licorice notes, typical of "Le Chassis”. The texture is tannic but intense, pulpy, almost silky. This truly balanced wine expresses a nice complexity, generous and true to the genuine terroir of the Domaine des Grands Chemins. The wine's structure, along with its aromatic persistence, gives it a great potential for laying down. Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with red meat, feathered game and lamb in pastry.