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Laurus

Hermitage

Appellation d'origine protégée

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

couleur
2018
description_recompenses
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.
Rewards
91+ Jeb Dunnuck
16+/20 Jancis Robinson
15/20 Bettane & Desseauve
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Hermitage
Vintage
2018

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

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.

Winemaking: 

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.

Tasting notes: 

« 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 & food pairing suggestions: 

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 of vines & yield: 

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.

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