Although expensive, one of the top wines of the Cotes du Rhone appellation is the 2009 Clos de l’Hermitage.
A wine that consistently over-delivers, this stunningly concentrated wine, made from equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre aged nine months in oak barrels, has a dense ruby/purple color and a big, sweet kiss of black truffle, blackberry, cassis, licorice, and subtle barbecue smoke.
Even a note of graphite seems to make an appearance in this wine, which comes close to being internationally styled but holds back as its Provencal typicity of spice box, herbs, lavender and kirsch emerges.
This full-bodied beauty is powerful, rich, and capable of lasting a decade or more. Wines from this well-known estate of nearly 110 acres continue to go from strength to strength.
The new releases from proprietor Henri de Lanzac are all impressive.