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Appellation d'origine protégée

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

2018 was atypical in many ways. This vintage required a constant presence from the vineyards to the cellar. After a mild Winter, the wet and rainy Spring gave way to a beautiful Summer, favoring a perfect growth cycle. September ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be ideal for quality with cool nights and warm, sunny days. The grapes were harvested over 8 weeks at optimal maturity and under perfect weather conditons. The result is an elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superbe balance.
93 pts   Josh Raynolds - Vinous
91+ Jeb Dunnuck
16+/20 Jancis Robinson
15/20 Bettane & Desseauve


100% Syrah


The grapes are sourced on the alluvial terraces in the eastern part of the Hermitage hill. The vines are located between 150 and 200 meters in altitude and benefit from a south / southwest orientation. They are lying on alluvial soils covered with small pebbles.


Grapes are manually harvested in the early morning to preserve all the aromatic potential and the freshness. 100% destemmed and fermented at controlled temperatures of 22°-24°C max for 24 days. The wine is then placed in 275-liter Laurus barrels before the malolactic fermentation (malic acid into the softer lactic acid) and aged on the fine lees for 15 months before bottling.
1 250 bottles, 65 magnums, 24 jeroboams produced.
Bottled on May 14, 2020
Vegan Wine.

Note de dégustation: 

« Classic scorched earth, burning embers, cassis, and peppery notes emerge from the 2018 Hermitage Laurus. This medium to full-bodied beauty has a rounded, elegant texture, present yet ripe tannins, and a great finish. There are certainly plenty of tannins here, but the balance is spot on.» Jeb Dunnuck (11/19/2020)

Service & accords: 

Serve at 13-15°C – Ideal when opened 2 hours prior to serving
ABV : 15%
Aging potential : 10 to 15 years
Beef stew with juniper berries
Seven-hour cooked lamb with quince sauce

Age des vignes & rendement: 

33 years on average - 36 hl/ha

he 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.