Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Hermitage is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region of France, south of the city Lyon. The region produces some of the world's finest Syrah, rich, incredibly age worthy wines that are among the most expensive Syrah (Shiraz) globally.
The red wines produced in Hermitage are one of France's most prestigious wines. Among the offering from Rhone, none beat it, though Cote Rotie (45km to the north) and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (110km to the south) are of corresponding quality in their respective blends. The white counterpoint to the red is Hermitage Blanc, a wine to behold comprising the Roussane and Marsanne varietals. Surprisingly they account for around one third of the regions entire plantings.
- "I loved the 2015 Hermitage, and like a lot of wines in the vintage, it might be one of those “best to date.” Young, unevolved and undeniably backward, it offers lots of minerality as well as black and blue fruits, ripe ... Learn More
- Jaboulet's Hermitage La Chapelle is undoubtedly one of the greatest red wines in the world. Named after a tiny chapel (built by the knight Gaspard de Stérimberg in 1235) sitting at the highest point of the appellation's steepest hillside, this ... Learn MoreDOMAINE PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ HERMITAGE LA CHAPELLE 1990$181.49 Per item
- This wine is produced with grapes coming from Le Méal hillside (150-200 metres altitude). It takes its name from the old French word meaning “the best”. With soaring perfume of blackberry, spice and violet this feels the most exotic ... Learn More
- The vines (more than 50 years old) produce very low yields and guarantee high quality. Depth of flavour and a powerful core of fruit. There is tension and richness here with honeysuckle and cream accentuated by a long salty finish. ... Learn More
- The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from the plot ‘Les Murets’ in the Eastern part of the hill. Many aromas characterise this wine: White fruit, honeysuckle, quince, spices and hazelnut. Rich and creamy with pear, walnut and a ... Learn More
- This vineyard is situated at the foot of the Hermitage Hill. It is a glacial alluvial deposit terrace with shingles and clay so more sedimentary soils bring power and rich aromas. ... Learn More
- The grapes producing “De l’Orée” come from the plot ‘Les Murets’ in the Eastern part of the hill. A vibrant nose with aromas of white fruit, honeysuckle, quince, spices and hazelnut. Rich and creamy with pear, walnut and ... Learn More
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This pack contains a bottle of 6 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 9th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a ... Learn More
- "...the 2013 Hermitage will certainly be one of the wines of the vintage. Offering classic, granite-induced notes of smoked dark fruits, graphite, searing minerality and bouquet garni, this sensational Hermitage has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful mid-palate density and building tannin, ... Learn More
- The 2010 Hermitage La Petite Chapelle is a better wine than nearly every Hermitage La Chapelle made under the final years of the Jaboulet familys ownership (for example, 1993-2005). The 2010 was aged in barrel and represents one-third of the Hermitage crop ( ... Learn More
This pack contains 3 bottles of some of the most revered and rare wines in the world. Wines are to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 19th of November 2020 at 6.30 pm AEDT.
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