M. Chapoutier, Syrah “L'Ermite” Ermitage, Northern Rhône, France 2004
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Very deep garnet red, almost black. Black fruits with spices and ink overtones. Tannins are at the same time powerful and velvety. Smoke and pepper overtones express wonderfully from Syrah grapes grown on granitic soil. The wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years.
The harvest which is 100% destemmed, is matured in concrete tanks. Fermentation lasts around 4 weeks, to obtain soft and stable tannins to keep the wine for a very long time. The temperature does not exceed 32°C to enable good quality extraction. To make this wine, only the free-run juice is used.
Free run juice is immediately transferred into new and one-year-old casks to be matured from 18 to 20 months.