The 1999 vintage of this wine was ranked #8 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2001
Average age of the vines: 25 years old (some of the Hermitage vines are now 80 years old)
Around Pont de l'Isère, the soil is formed from alluvial deposits of sand, gravel, rocks and stones. Despite being flat, it drains exceedingly well. The Hermitage holdings are on hard granite slopes.
With attractive red-berry aromas a deep ruby/purple colour and a palate of
dark, plummy fruit, black-pepper, olives and moderate tannins, this is a forward drinking Syrah of great charm and value.
"Densely packed for the vintage, with briar, tapenade, maduro tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and crushed blackberry fruit all weaving around muscular tannins. Tangy, mineral-filled finish has latent length. For the cellar. Best from 2010 through 2016. 7,250 cases made. "
"Bright ruby. Wild, pungent aromas of raspberry, smoked meat, tarragon and Indian spices. Then tight and minerally in the mouth, offering sweet red berry and floral flavors and a hint of smoked game. The long finish is tangy, focused and alluringly spicy. Open-knit and expressive right now but my experience with this bottling, which goes back almost 20 years, suggests it will be even better with a few years of bottle aging and drink well until 2017. The 1988, 1989 and 1990 versions are all delicious right now, by the way."
International Wine Cellar