This is well-packed, with alder, anise and black tea notes leading the way for a core of juicy blackberry, plum and raspberry fruit flavors. Delivers a steeped feel through the finish, with a long charcoal thread. This is quietly always one of the smartest buys in high-end Northern Rhône reds. Best from 2016 through 2025. (JM)
More brooding and backward, the 2010 Hermitage has closed down considerably since I tasted it last year. It offers lots of graphite, crushed rock, leather and smoky dark fruits, full-bodied richness, impressive mid-palate concentration, and a tight, closed feel on the palate. It needs 3-5 years of cellaring and will have three decades of longevity. (JD) 92+
Deep ruby. Explosive, smoke-accented aromas of blackcurrant, cherry pit, violet oil and olive, with a peppery element adding lift. Broad and deeply concentrated on the palate, offering an array of alluringly sweet dark fruit and spice flavors. A massive but graceful Hermitage with strong finishing grip and slow-building tannins. (JR)
Very rich and round. Quite a majestic but fragrant nose - may be an Ex Voto. Still very firm and almost rigid and dry. Very dense indeed with a dry finish. Good punch, no excess of oak. Just a little dry but the sample was taken this morning, I think. 18-/20 points. (JR)
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