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Cheval Fou Hermitage 2005
For the first time ever in history, "outsiders" have gained access to and control over an amazing 3-acre vineyard parcel, and we’re now in partnership with one of the most prolific wine producers in France. Our inaugural release is just under 400 cases of wine....Gregory Viennois, consulting wine maker for Maison Chapoutier and Ferraton Vineyards, notes "The ’05 Le Cheval Fou is very typical of the extraordinary fruit grown on the Ferraton hillside of the Hermitage appellation. The vineyard is ageing gracefully and the wines are exhibiting all the unique characteristics of the limestone deposit in the terroir.
The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Polydor CHAPOUTIER was the first to begin to buy vines, thus moving from the status of wine-grower of an estate to that of a viticulturist, a wine producer and a businessman. The pioneering spirit was already present in the family.
Editorial Reviews for Cheval Fou Hermitage
This opens very slowly and is full of powerful, dark scents. Licorice, earth, a touch of roasting coffee bean and roast meat notes dominate the nose. In the mouth this is taut and focused with excellent weight and depth though the lovely blackberry fruit notes are embedded in penetrating minerality and the wall of very fine grained tannins keep everything in check. Needs time but seriously good St. Joseph 90pts
A clear deep ruby colored wine with a medium ruby rim. Clean nose with youthful, medium+ intensity aromas of red berry jam, coffee, game, tobacco box, plum, blackberry, oak and mint. A dry wine with medium+ acidity, medium+ balanced alcohol, medium+ body with rich texture and med+ tannins. Medium+ intensity flavors of toast, cedar, savory and smoky spices, anise and black pepper. Medium+ length and concentration. A very complex yet polished wine that needs age. I am not a big fan of Hermitage, but this one makes you sit up.
External Reviews for Cheval Fou Hermitage
Wine Spectator ReviewBright and racy, with red currant, raspberry and floral notes pushing to the front, while a nervy, minerally grip lurks in the background and emerges more on the taut, iron-filled finish. Still on the tight side for now, so needs cellaring. Best from 2010 through 2025.Wine Tasting NotesDark garnet. A touch of dry fruit, crystallised orange and pepper. Powerful, tender, chocolate and dried prune. Can be stored for a long time.
Very minerally driven style with a strong iron-tinged spine driving the red and black currant coffee loam and dark licorice notes. Tightly wound on the finish so cellar to let it stretch out. Best from 2010 through 2020.
smoky creme de cassis nose with a tremendous intensity and a full-bodied power and richness that is awesome. "\
The 2005 Ermitage Le Pavillon has a dense purple color, the classic acacia flower, graphite-based, smoky creme de cassis nose with a tremendous intensity and a full-bodied power and richness that is awesome.
Food Pairings for Cheval Fou Hermitage
Dietary Information: Organic, Certified Sustainable
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