Hermitage Wine

Hermitage [ which is sometimes spelt without the initial'H'] is an appellation created in 1937,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red and white wines from the slopes of the hill by the town of Tain on the east bank of the Rhone river about 40 miles south of Lyon.The Hermitage hill is named for a small hillside chapel where, the legend goes, a returning crusader by the name of Caspar de Sterimberg lived as a hermit in the 13th century. This is arguably the most famous Northern Rhône appellation producing a small quantity of extremely complex long-lived reds and full-bodied whites. With just 331 acres of vineyards on the east side of the Rhône, the Hermitage hill towers over the riverfront town of Tain-l'Hermitage. Only Syrah, Marsanne and Roussanne are planted here on the south-facing, heat-retaining granite hillside. Further expansion of the appellation is impossible and yields are limited to 40 hl/ha., so Hermitage's wines will always be rare. The heat retaining Read more »

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  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Rousanne

    History of the grape: Roussanne likely gets its name from the light brown color of its skin (“roux” in French). Rouss...

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  • Domaine Les Vins de Vienne

    Les Vins de Vienne is a name given to the wines from around that town in the northern Rhone val...

  • Cave Vineyard

    After Marty and Mary Jo Strussion purchased the property, they soon decided that it would be the ...

  • M. Chapoutier

    The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Poly...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

    Ferraton Père et Fils is a winery/negociant in the north of the Côtes du Rhône. Their wines are...

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  • Domaine les Hauts de Mercurol Crozes-Hermitage 2017

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of winefrom a shop in Berkshire ... for £15.Crozes-Hermitage is an appellation created in 1937,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red and white wines from 11 communes north of Tain-Hermitage on the east bank of the Rhone river.It is much larger though less prestigious than the Hermitage appellation which has ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine du Colombier Cuvee Gaby Crozes-Hermitage 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the wewbsite www.cellartrade for £16.Croxes-Hermitage is an appellation created in 1937.although viticulture here goes back centuries.for red and white wines [though 90% are red] from 11 communes north of Tain-Hermitage [about 40 miles southof Lyon] on the east bank of the Rhone.It is much larger though less pre... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ermitage Domaine Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £21.50 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website.Hermitage is an appellation created in 1937,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red and white wines from the slopes of a hill by the town of Tain on the east bank of the Rhone river about 40 miles south of Lyon.It is a very prestigious appellation having ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Brunel de la Gardine Crozes-Hermitage 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Zuf - funny stuff!The addition of Viognier to Syrah or other whites to reds ... of Viognier - Cote Rotie vs Hermitage, and after 10-15 years, it's pretty much impossible to detect the dif in tast Read More

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  • @GT.  I will be in touch in a day or two.  Probably first via ... ... ... the other hand, if good Hermitage passes your lips (e.g.), you will not be happy with cheap Shiraz from Oz.... which makes for a problem. Gotta rush... M/ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I remember being coaxed to attend that event in, I think, California.  I ... another note, the Jaboulet Hermitage... and certainly not the 1961 version Jancis Robinson laudavit in caelem (praised to heaven) is over 335 clams in Canada (2015), but is rated by some mountebank at 98 points.  Not that I intend to argue it is not the sweetest necta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...


  • Greg,The friend who's boiler I fixed is a doctor, and also a cyclist.  ... ... One of them left an Hermitage in their room because his suitcase was full.  My friend scooped it and gave it to me a few years ago.  I became hooked and now I'm going to get a 2015 Jaboulet La Chapelle (best one since 1961.....100pts).  There's one down the road fro... Read More

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  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes-Hermitage les Jalets 2011

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    very nicely done Rhone: it has the sweetness of spring yet the strength of a mild winter blending magnificently into a savory summer. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • La Reserve des Pontifes Michel Bernard Hermitage 1994

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £16 from the website ....Hermitage is an appellation created in 1937,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red and white wines from the slopes of the hill by the town of Tain on the east bank of the Rhone river about 40 miles south of Lyon.It is a very prestigious appellation having once been favoure... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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