Hermitage

Hermitage is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region of France. 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 hill is by some seen as the spiritual home of the Syrah grape variety

Made from Syrah these wines are an inky black to deep garnet color, and the aroma is very much of black fruits and spices. The flavor has smoke and pepper, sometimes raspberry or blackberry, as well as mellow tannins.
 
Rich, dry white wines are also produced from Marsanne and/or Roussanne. These wines are also usually left to age, for up to 15 years.
 
Vin de paille or Straw Wine is also produced in this region.
 
In the 19th century wines from Bordeaux were often "hermitaged" (hermitagé, that is, blended with Hermitage) and could fetch higher prices as a result.
For information on individual wines, click on the label:
 
The Absolute. The exceptional wines in our Sélections Parcellaires range come from plots of our old vines, carefully selected for each appellation. Our approach involves leaving the soil to speak for itself, deliberately not intervening to give true picture of the terroir (the combination of soil, climate - which decides the quality of the vintage - and know-how rooted in longstanding tradition). It is here that biodynamics really comes into play.
 
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Heritage. Leading classic "crus" signed M. CHAPOUTIER and representative of their appellations in the Rhône Valley. Renowned and recognised world-wide, these vintage wines and their famous names, bear witness of a long history.
 
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