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2001 Côtes du Rhone
« Clos de l 'Hermitage »

Chateau de Segries
Cotes du Rhone, Southern Rhone, Rhone, France
Proprietary Blend (a dry red table wine)

Review by Robert Parker
Wine Advocate #143 (Jun 2003)
Rating: 94 points
Drink 2003-2013
One of the greatest values in Rhone wines is the spectacular 2001 Clos de l’Hermitage. From a vineyard owned by Formula One race car driver Jean Alesi, it is a blend of equal parts Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre aged in small casks, of which 25% are new. There are 1,600 six-packs for the United States. Believe me, that’s not nearly enough.

This is unbelievable stuff. Tasted blind I would have thought it was a top-flight Chateauneuf du Pape. An inky/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary perfume of scorched earth, blackberries, blueberries, and melted licorice. With tremendous texture, full body, fabulous, sweet, glycerin-imbued fruit flavors, and a lusty, heady finish, it ranks among the most profound Cotes du Rhones I have ever tasted. Amazing!

Drink it over the next 10 years.