Louis Barruol

La Pierrelle Hermitage Syrah

9.365 ratings
9.415 pro ratings
Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Top Notes For
William Hughes

The granite hillside of Hermitage becomes a force only because of the vignerons letting the place speak for itself. Louis Barruol has 30-50 year old Syrah vines that are in their prime. About 90% of the fruit is destemmed and no new oak is used to age the wine. The 2011 is just hitting stride. That vintage produced wines that are certainly age-worthy, but ready to drink earlier than say a classic like 2010. Plenty of fruit here; black currant, blackberry, citrus oil, along with dark chocolate, black pepper, savory herbs and violets. I'd drink this this through 2026 (if I had any more). Tastes much juicier than the 13% ABV.

The granite hillside of Hermitage becomes a force only because of the vignerons letting the place speak for itself. Louis Barruol has 30-50 year old Syrah vines that are in their prime. About 90% of the fruit is destemmed and no new oak is used to age the wine. The 2011 is just hitting stride. That vintage produced wines that are certainly age-worthy, but ready to drink earlier than say a classic like 2010. Plenty of fruit here; black currant, blackberry, citrus oil, along with dark chocolate, black pepper, savory herbs and violets. I'd drink this this through 2026 (if I had any more). Tastes much juicier than the 13% ABV.

Jul 14th, 2017
Geoff Troup

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

9.2

Roasted meat, burnt wood in the nose. Can't really call it quintessential because it's my first Hermitage! Crushed rock, white pepper, wild mushroom, cured meat. The definition of finesse. Though gorgeous, it's closed up and needs ten years! See ya then.

Roasted meat, burnt wood in the nose. Can't really call it quintessential because it's my first Hermitage! Crushed rock, white pepper, wild mushroom, cured meat. The definition of finesse. Though gorgeous, it's closed up and needs ten years! See ya then.

1 person found it helpfulJun 24th, 2017
Drew DiMatteo

A beautiful fig like quality in the mid-palate, @KermitLynchWine never disappoints. #Hermitage

A beautiful fig like quality in the mid-palate, @KermitLynchWine never disappoints. #Hermitage

Jan 9th, 2016
Christopher Stadler

Young but in the mood for baller syrah. Opened early for prime rib christmas dinner. Rockstar wine without the exuberance!

Young but in the mood for baller syrah. Opened early for prime rib christmas dinner. Rockstar wine without the exuberance!

Dec 25th, 2015
Bill Wenzlau

Rocks. Inspiration for our new block.

Rocks. Inspiration for our new block.

Oct 2nd, 2015
Ryan Foss

Absolute monster that needs 5-10. Lots of potential.

Absolute monster that needs 5-10. Lots of potential.

Aug 18th, 2015
Les Huisman

Tight. Young and tight

Tight. Young and tight

Aug 12th, 2016
Dustin Soiseth

Sales Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Go Dubs! The Mo Buckets of Syrah-big with finesse.

Go Dubs! The Mo Buckets of Syrah-big with finesse.

Jun 5th, 2015
Chris Regina

Elegance

Elegance

Nov 19th, 2017
Ted
9.3

Just a youngster. Solid now.

Just a youngster. Solid now.

Oct 23rd, 2017