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Hermitage

Appellation d'origine protégée

As a legendary Cru, our Hermitage Laurus expresses all the characteristics of the Syrah grape variety.

Hermitage
couleur
2011
Elegant & Refined
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After a mild autumn and contrasted winter, the first flowers appeared in mid-May in excellent conditions. July proved rather cool, whereas August and September were rather hot. Good level of ripeness.

Rewards
90   Wine Spectator
15.5/20   Guide Bettane & Desseauve
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Hermitage
Vintage
2011

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

Plots are selected on the Eastern sector of the Hermitage hills, on alluvial terraces of the Rhone river - 200m high.

Winemaking: 

Manual harvest. After alcoholic fermentation in a vat, the wines underwent malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels. Elevage on fine lees over a period of 13 months (new barrels).

Production: 1,420 bottles
Bottled on: 28/03/2013

Tasting notes: 

Intense, dark red colour. The nose is characterized by aromas of red fruit, cherry and blackcurrant. To the palate it is a silky, balanced and well-structured wine. The finish is fresh-tasting, with notes of violet and spices (June 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18 °C – Ideal when opened 2 hours prior to serving

Milk-fed lamb casserole with baby vegetables
Woodcock with cep mushrooms
Haunch of venison with sauce grand veneur

Optimum maturity: 2013-2019

Age of vines & yield: 

30 years on average – 27 hl/ha

The name « Hermitage » comes from the legend of the Knight of Sterimberg. Returning from a Crusade, he repented for his years of warmongering by becoming a hermit, devoting himself to prayer and growing vines on top of the hills of Tain.

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