Hermitage, Northern Rhône

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah 2014

Popped, poured, and blinded this wine. It didn't take long for the notes to lead me towards Hermitage (so intense!), but I didn't think it was Chave's because it was lacking the meaty notes that I associate with his wines. I am, however, not an authority on Chave - I can count the number of times I've drank his Hermitage with my hands. Regardless, the 2014 Hermitage was certainly impressive and my WOTN. Full-bodied, dark fruits, quite ripe, but in no way jammy, spice - anise, juniper, and bay leaf, licorice, deep minerals, sexy supple texture. As the night progressed - seriously stony, air has brought out the meatiness (bacon), along with some gamey and musky tones. The fruit adamantly refuses to subside on the palate. A real masterpiece, especially for the vintage.

Here's another case of infanticide on my end, but at least in the name of research, I can attest to the excellence of this wine. Personally, though, I was missing some floral and crushed pepper characters which I love in Syrah. Just nit-picking. 
— a month ago

Daron, Mark and 18 others liked this

Gilles Robin

Papillon Crozes-Hermitage Syrah

A great Rhone Syrah not a big nose but a wiff of tobacco good fruit blueberry, and black olive sage and some eucalyptus in the background alongside some bacon good price and drinking well — 11 days ago

Boxer, Daniel and 24 others liked this

Cave de Tain

Grand Classique Crozes Hermitage Marsanne 2015

Lovely, racy Marsanne. Intense dried flower and herb character with tarragon and sage leading the way. Pithy citrus and anjou pear grip the mid palate and lead into a bitter nuance on the finish that recalls chamomile tea. Very complex and intense at a modest price point. Another winner from US importer Hand Picked Selections. — 21 days ago

Neil, Aravind and 4 others liked this

Domaine du Colombier

Hermitage Syrah 2015

Silvia's Wine

Elegant nose, well structured, smooth, with a bite to it. Makes you want to put it back to the bottle and sit on it for another five years. — 5 days ago

Jeff, Serge and 1 other liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Blanc Marsanne Roussanne

I am enamored by the J-L Have from 2015. Already quite developed following a two hour decant, this shows gorgeous honeysuckle, lychee and exotic fruit aromas that all come together seamlessly. The texture to this wine borders ethereal as copious tree bergamot, beeswax and citrus fruit flavors connect in the glass, with a silky smooth mouthfeel throughout. The near minute-long finish completes this stunner. Drink 2019-2035- 96 — a day ago


Equinoxe Crozes-Hermitage Syrah 2017

Classic Northern Rhône Syrah. Black pepper, olive tapenade, dark fruit. Very drinkable. — 7 days ago

Ron, Anthony De and 3 others liked this

Maison Les Alexandrins

Hermitage Red Rhone Blend 2016

@delectable hermitage Nose has elegant tropical almost tropical flowers. Elegant tropical fruits. Big mineral and acidity. Creamy. Great texture. Bought from fass selections. — 3 days ago

Lyle liked this

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

Hermitage Syrah

Incredibly balanced, subtle, amazing Northern Rhône funk but amazingly soft tannins, exceptional finish. This is the stuff! — 4 days ago

Jeffrey, Christian and 6 others liked this
Jim McCusker

Jim McCusker

Chave on!
David MacMillan

David MacMillan

As they say in France “Chavetastic”

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

La Chapelle Hermitage Syrah

Taken from what was generally a tough vintage in the Northern Rhone, the 1997 ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage is a striking rendition at more than twenty years of age. Bulls blood, iodine, red cherry puree and crushed mint flavors provide some serious refinement. Silky throughout, this will continue to evolve over the next five to ten years — but is marvelous right now. Drink 2019-2025- 93 — a day ago

Betts & Scholl

Hermitage Rouge Syrah 2006

Rich red fruit, tart cherries, sour plum. Beautiful tannins. Excellent wine — 6 days ago