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
« 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