Hermitage Rouge 2001

Chave, J-L

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Tasting Notes

100% Syrah, partial de-stemming, vinified in mixture of oak, stainless steel and cement vats, matured in mixture of new and (mainly) used oak casks and large old oak. A complex mix of aromas: spice, liquorice and aromatic meatiness. Fine, dry, tight and beautifully balanced. Youthful but somehow already complete. The dry finish gives freshness instead of drying the palate. There’s plenty of oaky spice too but it does not dominate.

Score: 18

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2009-2021 22 October 2007

Good bright medium ruby. Subtly complex, granitic nose melds cassis, blueberry, smoky gunflint, pepper, tar, bitter chocolate, roast coffee, leather, game and animal fur. Wonderfully juicy but currently rather folded in on itself. But this has brilliant acidity, precision and penetration on the palate. Almost painfully intense and wonderfully long and gripping on the back. Very firm and structured but not at all dry. This will need a good decade of additional cellaring. (94+ points)

Score: 94

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 January 2005

From Peleat: Saturated ruby-red. Flinty red berries on the nose. Dense and pure, with spicy red berry flavors showing more intensity than personality today. Rocoules: Deep ruby-red. Lively aromas of black raspberry and oak spice. Sappy and dense, with deep flavors of sweet berries, spices and tar. Finishes with big, sweet tannins. L'Ermite: Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of dark fruit confiture and flint, with hints of cypress and pepper. Silky and extremely ripe, finishing with firm tannins and excellent length. Le Meal: Saturated medium ruby. Black fruits, leather, gunflint and pepper on the very ripe nose. Wonderfully sweet and fat, but with terrific freshness and underlying backbone. A superb amalgam of power and finesse. Very full and rich, with strong dark fruit flavors outlasting the tannins. This could make a very good bottle on its own. Bessards: Medium ruby. Very granitic nose of black fruits, spices, tar, gunflint and menthol. Supple, sweet, rich and very deep, with an uncommonly layered mouth feel. Complicating suggestion of fresh herbs. Finishes with very broad, fine tannins. Bessards again: Highly aromatic nose of raw crushed cassis and pepper. Then precise and tightly wound, with great breed. Finishes with very firm tannins. Beaume: Saturated deep ruby. Sappy aromas of cassis, wild blueberry, licorice, clove and pepper. Very supple and suave in the mouth, with terrific verve and finesse. Kept firm by a solid tannic spine. The 2001 red should be a lovely, aromatically complex wine with medium- to long-term aging potential.

Score: 92 - 95

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com Maturity: 0-0 01 January 2003

A brute right now, with a wall of bacony, coffee-tinged toast separating you from the core of blackberry and raspberry fruit. Great richness and texture here, with notes of tar, minerals, saddle leather and cocoa rippling through the finish. Mouthwatering acidity balances it all. Best from 2007 through 2020. 2,415 cases made.

Score: 95

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2007-2020 31 August 2004

Tasting through the component parts of the 2001 Hermitage reveals what should be an outstanding wine with a Burgundian-like finesse. The most elegant component emanates from Les Beaumes and Pelia, and the denser, thicker wines from Meal, l’Ermite, and Bessards. The wine will possess a dense ruby/purple color in addition to plenty of sweet cassis fruit, medium body, noticeably high tannin, and gorgeous purity as well as symmetry. It will be built along the lines of the 1996 rather than the 2000 or 1999.

Score: 91 - 95

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com 30 June 2003