Hermitage appellation (or Ermitage), is a prestigious appellation that covers just 1.35 square kilometers and 3 communes, in the Drôme department: Tain-l’Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and Larnage. It is located in the northern Rhône wine region of France, and in south of Lyon.

Although restricted, this vineyards have the distinction of being on the left bank of the Rhone river (the other northern vineyards are concentrated on the right bank), and offer a wealth of terroirs, granite arenas, sandy soils, or stony ground, allowing this appellation to offer 465,000 liters in average, annually of exceptional red wines, which have made its world-wide reputation, but also dry white wines that are also highly recognized (with rarer production in this wine sub-region).

The mistral (a strong, cold northwesterly wind that blows through the Rhône valley and southern France into the Mediterranean, mainly in winter) is very present in this area, guarantees beautiful sunny days, but is also responsible for the cold sometimes that can hit in winter. More sheltered from this north wind, the slopes exposed to the south of the vineyards of Hermitage give great red wines of guard (the best vintages can go up to several decades), powerful, tannins but which preserve an exquisite finesse in mouth, mainly from the Syrah that loves these soils. Colorful, they exude a great aromatic richness (ripe fruits, spices, undergrowth) which will express all its complexity as it gets older. Marsanne and Roussanne, which are used for the creation of the Hermitages white wines, give here original and balanced wines, bold and fragrant, without acidity and with the beautiful golden color, which also ages very well. The Hermitage appellation was born in 1937.

 

A part of important features of Hermitage appellation for red wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Granite arenas, sandy soils, or stony ground.
  • Taste: Powerful.
  • Wine color: Red.
  • Aromas: Fruits, spices, undergrowth.
  • Aging potential: 2 – 10 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C

 

A part of important features of Hermitage appellation for white wines are as follows:

 

  • Soil: Granite arenas, sandy soils, or stony ground.
  • Taste: Fine balanced.
  • Wine color: White.
  • Aromas: Scents of acacia, honey and apricot.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 1.35 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Hermitage
Grapes: Syrah for red wines and Marsanne and Roussanne for white wines
Types of Wines: White Wine, Red Wine

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