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Hermitage Wine Rhone, France

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One of the smallest and most important Syrah regions of northern Rhone, Hermitage is practically one single south-facing slope of crushed granite, thinly covered with varied, yet well-charted soil types. Many climats (well identified parcels) exist within Hermitage and while some smaller producers make single climat Syrahs, some larger ones blend to make one balanced expression of the appellation.

Though the AC regulations allow the addition of up to 15% white grapes to a red Hermitage, in practice it is usually made from Syrah alone. Winemaking is pretty traditional—or you might say historic—with hot fermentations and aging in older barrels of various sizes. The best wines, characterized by deep, dense and sexy flavors of black fruit, cocoa, licorice and tobacco, have massive textures and a solid 10-20 years aging potential.

The region of Hermitage is totally enclosed; the only place it could go really is to literally fall down its own hill into the city of Tain or the Rhone River. Soil erosion is a problem and terraces exist alongside the hill in order to keep the earth in place. Crozes-Hermitage encloses the region entirely to its north and south.

While Hermitage seems synonymous with some of the best Syrah on the planet, actually about one third of the wine produced here comes from white grapes. The full, lush and robust Marsanne or the less common, but almost more charming, Roussanne create wonderful whites in which the best have great potential for aging, like the reds.

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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2005 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 2005 Front Label
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2005 Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2005
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2005 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon 2005
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Les Greffieux 2005 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Les Greffieux 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2005 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne 2005
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