Sporting a saturated purple color as well as blockbuster notes of blackcurrants, camphor, crushed rock, pen ink, and graphite, the 2017 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an expansive, opulent texture, ample tannins, and a great finish. It has a kiss of background oak (this cuvée is raised all in new oak) yet stays fresh, pure, and flawlessly balanced. 96+
The 2017 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie is sourced largely from les Grandes Vignes, a granitic lieu-dit located above l'Ermite. Aged 15 months in new barriques, the wood is barely noticeable, dominated by powerful cassis and blueberry flavors enhanced by subtle herbal shadings. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with a long, silky finish, this is a top-flight effort that should be drinkable soon, yet easily age for a decade and a half. (JC)
Inky violet. Powerful, mineral-accented cherry and boysenberry scents are complicated by hints of exotic spices, candied flowers, vanilla and licorice. Supple and broad in the mouth, offering weighty blue fruit preserve, spicecake and violet pastille flavors that become sweeter as the wine stretches out. The floral and spice notes carry strongly through the impressively long finish, which shows outstanding clarity and velvety, slow-building tannins. (JR)
This is quite complex and very youthful with ripe dark cherries, chocolate and red plums, as well as slate and dark stones. The palate has a very succulent and gently grainy feel with a rich, dark-cherry and blackberry core and brash, youthful tannins. Drink or hold.
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