Great Hermitage is a rare bird nowadays as international styles, high prices, and a virtual monopoly by a select few large houses have rendered this great appellation inaccessible to most. The goal of the Barruol/Lynch collaboration, then, is to evoke the legendary Syrahs of a bygone era via studious selection of vineyard site and rigorous respect for traditional production methods, such as whole cluster fermentation and long élevages in neutral wood. This Hermitage is true to its school: deep, smoky, intensely fragrant, powerful, and fine-grained, with a regal presence on the palate. It can be enjoyed young with some decanting, yet promises to blossom into a spectacular expression of this most exalted slope.
|Producer:||Barruol Lynch - Northern Rhône|
|Vineyard:||30 - 50 years|
|Aging:||Aged on average for 15 months in barrel, no new barrels - barrels are 1 or 2 years old|
Louis Barruol is an indefatigable force in the Rhône, the 14th generation in his family to be making wine in Gigondas. On what was once the site of a Roman villa, Louis’ cellars show spectacular remains of Roman vinification vats carved into the limestone. Here, Louis works with different grape varietals from the Rhône, vinifying each parcel separately. He’s taken to acting as a micro-négociant, working with top growers in the region who still work with Sérine. Producing only a few precious barrels of each cuvée, Louis is helping to save the authenticity and identity of old Côte Rôtie parcels. Together, he and Kermit blend our Northern Rhône wines and a Southern Côtes du Rhône Blanc and Rouge from a selection of Louis’ purchases.
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