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 2017 Hermitage Blanc 750ml


In the end, I'm unable to definitely say that the 2017 Hermitage Blanc is better than the stupendous 2016. Of course, I sampled it just three days after it was bottled, so I've appended the + to my rating, as there's a possibility the wine may have been...

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Domaine Belle 2016 Hermitage Blanc 750ml


“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 du Colombier 2017 Hermitage Rouge 750ml


Brought up in 30% new demi-muids, with the balance in used barrels, the 2017 Hermitage is beautifully pure and layered, with smoking good notes of crème de cassis, white flowers, crushed rocks, and violets. Deep, full-bodied, and concentrated on...

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Domaine Jean Louis Chave 2016/2017 Saint-Joseph 750ml


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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Domaine Belle 2013 Hermitage Rouge 750ml


“Another serious and age-worthy Syrah from this estate that will demand patience is the 2013 Hermitage. Coming from the more sandy, calcareous and limestone parts of Hermitage hill, it spent 24 months in barrel before being bottled. Olive tapenade,...

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Jaboulet 2016 Hermitage "La Chapelle" 750ml


Sourced from the granitic western portion of the appellation, the 2016 Hermitage La Chapelle features mouthwatering aromas of black olives and charred beef. It's full-bodied and creamy-velvety in texture, incredibly lush without being overtly fruity. In...

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Julien Pilon 2018 Hermitage Blanc "Prisme" 750ml


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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