Nose: dark fruit with notes of spice and ink. Palate: very powerful yet silky tannins, with notes of smoke and pepper. A wonderful expression of the Syrah in this granite soil. Depending on the vintage, the wine can be kept for 30 to 60 years, and sometimes up to 75 years.
Shallow, sandy, leached, brown soils, from Tournon granite, situated at the top of the Hermitage hill, near the chapel, in a locality known as l’Ermite.
The 100% destalked grapes are vinified in concrete tanks. Maceration lasts 4 to 6 weeks in order to obtain silky, stable tannins that will give the wine very long aging potential. Temperatures above 30°C are desirable to favour texture (polymerization of tannins) over aromas. Only free run wine is used for this wine. 20% of the wine is aged in new barrels, 20% in barrels already used for 1 vintage, 30% in barrels of 2 vintages, and the balance in concrete vats.
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