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Getting to know red Hermitage

'Breathtaking, majestic wines of endless complexity.'

Compared to the southern Rhône, the northern Rhône is easy to understand. All the appellations follow a narrow strip of land that follows the west bank of the river for 60km, from Vienne in the north to Valence in the south.

 


Leading producers of red Hermitage:

Domaine JL Chave, M Chapoutier, Domaine Marc Sorrel

Under-the-radar options:

Domaine Bernard Faurie, Domaine Fayolle Fils & Fille, Domaine Yann Chave

Reliable, good value red Hermitage:

Domaine Marc Sorrel, Classique, Hermitage
Domaine Yann Chave, Hermitage
Fayolle Fils & Fille, Les Dionnières, Hermitage
Domaine du Colombier Hermitage


Red Hermitage key facts:

AOC Hermitage created in 1937
70% of Hermitage production is red wine
Permitted varieties Principally Syrah (can technically include 15% Marsanne, and/or Roussanne)
Climate Warm continental, very sunny with northerly winds
Annual production 3,602 hectolitres (2018)
Average yield 38hl/ha
Top recent vintages for red Hermitage 2015, 2010, 2015


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