Each year, the top cuvée at Laurent Habrard is named after a person and in 2016 it was Valérie, Laurent’s consulting winemaker. You go girl! The wine is made from 100% syrah, from the world’s leading appellation for the grape (thought Côte Rotie and the Barossa may beg to differ). The nose is deep and complex, showing dark fruits, earthy notes and classic Crozes violets. It’s a powerful wine, but not too rich, with good energy and acid to lift up the palate. If you are a long time Crozes-devotee or die-hard shiraz lover - this wine is not to be missed.