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Marc Sorrel Hermitage Rouge 2015

$160.00

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The hill of l'Hermitage has been a fortress of world class wine for many centuries. Long before there was a global trade in wine, and hundreds of years before you could walk into a neighborhood wine shop and see wines from all corners of the earth, those with means (think Kings, Popes, nobility and founding fathers) would travel to Tain l'Hermitage to load up barrels for their private consumption.

The 20th century was a rough one for the Northern Rhone though, with the regions vigneron struggling to recover from phylloxera and two world wars. A few giants (Guigal, Chapoutier) led the charge back, but the 21st century has seen a true renaissance of small production, high quality domaines making a real splash.

Marc Sorrel is a perfect example of this re-birth. In 1984 he took over the small, family estate that his grandfather established. He has vines across the river in Croze-Hermitage, but the heart of his holdings is on the hill of Hermitage. He is a true farmer, spending much of his times in the vines that he tends with fully organic practices.

In the cellar he is a low-intervention traditionalist. He uses whole cluster fermentation, native yeasts, and gentle extraction. The Hermitage wines are aged for about 24 months in older barrels before bottling. His aim is pure, terroir transparent Syrah that captures the wonderful combination of elegance and wild, exotic spice.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"Partially destemmed, the 2015 Hermitage is atypically intense and tannic for this domaine. It’s dark, concentrated, firm and uncompromising, but it's also layered and complex, packed tight with plums and blackberries laced with crushed-stone accents. Sorrel is an often-overlooked source of fine Hermitage that’s often generous and approachable in its youth because the sourcing doesn’t include the more austere lieux-dits of L’Hermite or Les Bessards. The white cuvée, Les Rocoules, can be profound. In his small cellars located right on Tain l’Hermitage’s main street, proprietor Marc Sorrel also crafts small quantities of Crozes-Hermitage from holdings in Larnage." -Robert Parker

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah

  • Vintage

    2015

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Rich

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Full Bodied

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