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Syrah from the Hill of Hermitage

Sara Sparks | October 6,2020

Chave - Chapoutier – Jaboulet -  Guigal - Delas
 
The tiny hill of Hermitage in the Northern Rhone is less than 150 hectares, far smaller than the 1,200 hectares of Bordeaux’s Pauillac. Even in its rarity, Hermitage has a range of expression. Classic versions blend grapes from the many corners of the appellation, as is the case with wine by Jean-Louis Chave, a 16th-generation producer. Single-vineyard bottlings, like those from Michel Chapoutier, allow one to dissect the terroir of an area that’s been making wine since Roman times. A minute amount of white, from Marsanne and Roussanne grapes, is difficult to secure but worth the hunt.
 
Syrah from Hermitage is robust, aromatic, and very age worthy. In fact, Hermitage was a favored wine of both French Kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Not royalty yourself? At least you can drink like it.