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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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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1991  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 1991
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1996  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc 1996
    Rhone White Blends from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite 2006  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2006 Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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    M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite 2007
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2011 Front Label
    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 2011
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2015  Front Label
    Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Barruol Lynch Hermitage Blanc La Pierrelle 2016 Front Label
    Barruol Lynch Hermitage Blanc La Pierrelle 2016
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Selection Hermitage Farconnet 2016  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Selection Hermitage Farconnet 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2018  Front Label
    Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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  • M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2018  Front Label
    M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante Alouette Blanc 2018
    Marsanne from Hermitage, Rhone, France
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