Wine of the week: a stunning red with heart and soul

This incredible Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage combines an utterly sensational taste with a thoroughly competitive price tag.  

2019 The Society's Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage

2019 The Society’s Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, France


Alexandre Caso started an agency in the Rhône supplying specialised labour for vineyard work, and his first employee was Guillaume, son of legendary Hermitage winemaker Marc Sorrel. After early successes, it was not long before they decided to branch out and so, in 2009, they rented some neglected vines in Saint-Joseph, followed by a hectare in Crozes-Hermitage in 2011 and a further parcel of Saint-Joseph in Tournon in 2012.

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In the same year Nicolas Jaboulet, from the sixth generation winegrowing family in Tain l’Hermitage, joined forces with this intrepid duo, and they later created Maison & Domaines Les Alexandrins. You will find their wines in the best restaurants and wine merchants in the country. The sage palates at the Wine Society know a good thing when they see one. They commissioned this incredible Exhibition Crozes-Hermitage, which combines the remarkable tricks of tasting utterly sensational while sporting a thoroughly competitive price tag.

I cannot think of a red wine with as much heart and soul as this one. It is a sensationally accurate Crozes from a perfume and flavour point of view, as well as being laser-sighted with all autumn/winter recipes. I was going to save this stunning creation for my MoneyWeek Christmas special, but I would be devastated if it sold out in the next two months. You are the first to hear about it here.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (

Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website,

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.