LVT 2016 r 2016 wh 2016 rosé The big name at Hermitage, with a large vineyard spread on the hill and also in vineyards across the northern Rhône as well. Biodynamic working of most of the vineyards. Chapoutier were the first wine estate to put Braille on its labels. Full-bodied wines are the house style, with deep red or black fruit flavours. The special red Ermitage wines are big extraction, full-on wines that take time to settle. They are also very expensive. Recently, they have been showing a sense of place. The 2015s capture this etraordinary vintage well, brimming with content but also largely fresh. The white Hermitages are all from the Marsanne grape, and are deliciously warm and generous, although I note a dreaded New Wave presence in the 2015s - where "tension" is favoured over richness, the result being wines that are dumb and taut, made to be modern and steely. They live often for 20 years or more and are standard bearers for Marsanne northern Rhône whites. Ermitage L'Ermite blanc an STGT wine [ a fabulous ****** in 2016]. The Hermitage Chante Alouette white is always good, and needs to be left for six or seven years after its early flourish.
There is very reliable red Crozes-Hermitage, that is good value for money. The other reds are solid. The expensive Les Granits white from St-Joseph is a very fully flavoured, traditional wine that is a treat with provincial French cuisine [****(*) in 2016]. The Condrieu Coteau de Chery is finding its stride now [less full-on oaking], the 2016 a ****(*) wine of great finesse. There are big, sometimes plush Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds that accentuate the local Grenache grape - ripe, warm flavours. The 2015s show a move towards more tight features, less leaning towards the plush sucrosity. Vineyards in Roussillon, Alsace, joint ventures in Australia and the south of France; the approach looks outside the Rhône.
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Countries exported to:1) GB 2) Japan 3) USA
Percentage Exported: 60%
British Importers: Mentzendorff, London, www.mentzendorff.co.uk The Wine Society Stevenage SG1 2BT +441438 740 222 www.thewinesociety.com
USA Importers: Terlato Wines International 900 Armour Drive Lake Bluff IL 60044