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Hermitage

A single hill with a south facing slope is all that makes up Hermitage, the most famous appellation of the Northern Rhone. The full bodied, long lived Syrahs produced from Hermitage’s granite-based soils have been highly sought after since the 18th Century, when Thomas Jefferson was an enthusiast, and the wines produced here were known even in Roman times. Increasingly, Hermitage’s whites, made from Marsanne and Roussanne, are just as coveted. The hillside is divided into a number of climats, which vary in the composition of their topsoil overlaying the granite, and the vines occupying these different sections produce wines of different character, from powerful and concentrated to elegant and aromatic.

Domaine Jean Louis Chave 2018 Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$335.99

I was able to taste the 2018 Hermitage Blanc from multiple barrels and tank, and I continue to think Jean-Louis fashions one of the greatest whites on planet earth. Gorgeous white flowers, honeysuckle, ripe quince, and toasted almond notes dominate the...

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Domaine Belle 2016 Hermitage Blanc 750ml

$121.65

“Belle's white Hermitage comes mostly from the Péleat lieu-dit, with a small bit of Maison Blanche. The 2016 Hermitage Blanc is 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne, all barrel-fermented. It offers up hints of toasted grain, honey and orange...

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Domaine Jean Louis Chave 2017 Saint-Joseph 750ml

$130.34

The 2012 Saint Joseph, which was just bottled, showed beautifully, and I continue to see more and more terrific, world-class wines from this appellation. Exhibiting terrific blackberry, ground pepper, crushed rock and underbrush, it’s medium to...

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Julien Pilon 2018 Hermitage Blanc "Prisme" 750ml

$112.96

The grapes are sourced from 'Maison Blanche' lieu dit in Hermitage. 100% new oak, but Julien uses 500l barrels to mitigate the transfer of new wood to the wine. My notes read, “Impressive, great density and purity of fruit. Mouth coating, a lot of...

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