France’s Most Enduringly Prestigious Wines

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, these vineyards distinguish being on the left bank of the Rhone river. They have unique terroirs, granite arenas, and stony ground, allowing this appellation to offer 465,000 liters on average annually. Exceptional red wines, which have made its world-wide reputation, and dry white wines are also highly recognized (with rarer production in this wine sub-region).

Prestigious Since 17th Century

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 the 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.

Long-Lived and Full-Bodied

Colorful, they exude a tremendous aromatic richness (ripe fruits, spices, undergrowth), which will express all its complexity as it gets older. Marsanne and Roussanne, which are used to create 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.

 


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A part of the 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 the 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

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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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