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1996 Domaine Michel Ferraton Crozes-Hermitage Cuvee La Matiniere
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84 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 1999

Less saturated red. More expressive, more nuanced aromas of leather, tobacco and pepper. Supple and beginning to develop, but shows a hard edge today. Not a particularly fruity style. Finishes with a slightly dry berry skin character.

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