92-94 Vinous - Dark purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes vibrant black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri and star anise. Stains the palate with intense blueberry and cherry compote flavors that are given spine and lift by a smoky mineral quality. Densely packed yet lithe, finishing with outstanding thrust and breadth and smooth tannins that build slowly.
93 Wine Advocate - The 2013 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers is brilliant. Coming from the western edge of Hermitage’s Bessards lieu-dit (this is a cool, west-facing parcel of granite soils), its deep ruby/purple color is followed by classic granite-induced aromas and flavors of burning embers, cassis, licorice, spring flower and pepper.