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2014 Hermitage Rouge “La Pierrelle”

Barruol / Lynch

2014 Hermitage <i>Rouge</i> “La Pierrelle” Barruol / Lynch - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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.

Anthony Lynch

$75.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Hermitage
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Barruol Lynch - Northern Rhône
Winemaker: Louis Barruol
Vineyard: 30 - 50 years
Soil: Granite
Aging: Aged on average for 15 months in barrel, no new barrels - barrels are 1 or 2 years old
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Northern Rhône

On the wines of the northern Rhône, Kermit wrote in Adventures on the Wine Route, “The best combine a reminder of the sunny Mediterranean with the more self-conscious, intellectual appeal of the great Burgundies farther north, which is not a bad combination.” Like the wines of Provence, Burgundy, and Beaujolais, Kermit was introduced to this region by Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters.

Though technically part of the same region as the southern Rhône and connected by the Rhône River, much differentiates the north from the south. The climate is continental and in general cooler than that Mediterranean climate of the south. The appellations are significantly smaller: Cornas has less than 300 acres planted to vine and Hermitage around 345. The area planted is minute when compared to Gigondas (3,000+ acres) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (nearly 8,000 acres). Many of the great wines come from steep hillside vines—terraced during Roman times. It was clear to the Romans that great wine could be made here and DNA evidence now shows that Syrah is in fact indigenous to the Rhône.

The terroir is predominantly granite and lastly, blends of the wines are mostly single grape varieties. Only four grape varieties are permitted in AOC blends: Syrah, Viogner, Marsanne, and Roussanne (as compared to the 19 permitted varieties allowed in Châteauneuf). The red wines are nearly all Syrah and Condrieu and Château Grillet must be 100% Viogner. The whites of Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Saint Péray, and Crozes-Hermitages may only be blends of Marsanne and Roussanne.

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