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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Saint Joseph is a winner. Coming from 40-year-old vines, granite soils, and brought up in 30% new oak, it has straight-up classic notes of blackberries, crushed violets, pepper, and obvious minerality to go with a tight, medium-bodied, concentrated style on the palate. Possessing a rare level of purity and finesse in its tannin, drink this beauty any time over the coming decade." (12/2018) 91 points Vinous: "(50% new oak) Bright purple. Black and blue fruits, olive and licorice on the deeply perfumed nose. Sweet and bro...

2017 Domaine des Rémizières Crozes-Hermitage
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90 points Wine Spectator: "A bright, racy style, with a beam of violet-infused cassis and cherry fruit flavors laced with a subtle chalky spine. Offers a deliciously unencumbered finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made, 400 cases imported. (JM)" (11/2018) K&L Notes: The Desmeures family of Domaine des Remizières are fourth-generation winemakers who originally sold grapes to the local cooperative. After completing their winery in 1974, the family began production at their new property. The estate is now managed by Phillipe Desmeures, his daught...

2017 Domaine des Rémizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage
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92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Not yet bottled, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Cuvée Christophe reveals a saturated purple color as well as a powerful bouquet of jammy blackberries, black cherries, graphite, toasted spices, and cured meats. Just loaded with fruit, this full-bodied barrel sample has remarkable purity, a voluminous, expansive texture, lots of sweet tannins, and a great finish. It's a rock star Crozes that will have 10-15 years of overall longevity." (12/2018) 92 points James Suckling: "This has rich, dark-plum and chocolate aromas and flavors wit...

99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was shocked by the 2007 Ermitage le Meal Blanc and from a vintage that yielded mostly forward, supple and approachable efforts, it has stunning concentration, density, depth and texture. Still light/medium gold in color, it offers classic crushed-rock-like minerality, licorice, charcoal and sautéed peach characteristics to go with a lively, fresh, yet full-bore and decadent profile on the palate. It has the concentration and purity to evolve for decades, but is mind-blowing stuff today. (JD)" (09/2015) 94 poi...

2017 Domaine des Remizières St-Joseph
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92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Aging in 30% new barriques, the 2017 Saint Joseph looks like a sexier, more approachable repeat of the 2015. It's dark and super ripe, with notes of cracked pepper and licorice accenting pristine blueberry flavors. Full-bodied and creamy-textured, it remains fresh, vibrant and long on the finish. (JC)" (12/2018) 91-93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Saint Joseph was brought up in 30% new oak, with the balance in once-used barrels. This deep purple-hued effort has some obvious oak as well as deep, ripe black fr...

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edge, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years." (01/2018) 94 points Vinous: "Inky ruby. Suave, mineral-accented scents of ripe blueberry, black currant and Indian spices, along with a slowly...

2017 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Christophe" Crozes-Hermitage Blanc
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Barrel fermented in 40% new oak, the 2017 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc Cuvee Christophe is a blend of 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne. Classy, subtle notes of pencil shavings highlight melon and pear notes in this medium-bodied, succulent wine. It shows ample concentration, a fine, silky texture and finishes with elegant persistence. Lovely stuff. (JC)" (12/2018) 91 points Wine Spectator: "A ripe, plump style, with a warm brioche note around a core of creamed melon and peach flavors. Offers a lightly toasty hint throu...

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto Blanc is certainly in the same league as the 2009 and 2010, and it’s going to be interesting to compare these vintages over the coming 2-3+ decades. The 2015 has all the hallmarks of a great vintage with its huge bouquet of quince, toasted almonds, brioche, liquid rocks, and honeysuckle as well as touch of licorice. Sensationally concentrated, opulent, and multi-dimensional on the palate, it has bright acidity and an awesome sense of minerality that keep the wine chiseled and focused on the palate. It h...

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As good as Hermitage can get, the 2015 Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave reminds me of a hypothetical mix of the 2010 and 1990 with its incredible purity, finesse, and elegant paired with awesome depth and structure. This heavenly wine exhibits a deep purple color as well as a powerful bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberries, dried violets, graphite, and crushed rocks, with a liquid mineral component that’s just about impossible to find outside of the Bessards lieu-dit in Hermitage. Full-bodied and massively concentrated on the pa...

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another perfect wine, the 2015 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from the Bessards lieu-dit on Hermitage, which is pure granite soils. I've said it before, but will say it again, this is unquestionably the finest, most singular vineyard for Syrah in the world. Cassis, graphite, smoked herbs, liquid rocks and violet aromas give way to a huge, concentrated, opulent and off-the-charts beauty that just hints at its ultimate potential. I wouldn’t think about opening bottles for at least a decade, after which it will keep for 4-5 decades." (0...

92 points Vinous: "Brilliant magenta. Expansive scents of fresh blackberry and boysenberry are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper, olive and pungent flowers. Sappy, appealingly sweet dark berry preserve and cherry flavors show sharp delineation and spice and mineral qualities that build with air. Finishes with strong, energetic cut, well-knit tannins and lingering sweetness. (JR)" (09/2019)

2018 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage Blanc
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94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie Blanc (100% Marsanne) was brought up in 60% new barrels, with the balance in once-used. It has a ripe, tropical bouquet of pineapple, spiced melon, crushed rocks, and exotic flowers. Possessing a full-bodied, rich, sexy mouthfeel, a distinct salty minerality, and sensational purity, it will be better in another year and keep for 10-15+ years. It’s an awesome Hermitage Blanc!" (12/2018) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Displaying a pale copper color that is a bit atypical, this offers gentle citrus oil, ...

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From the deeper soils at the bottom of the Le Méal lieu-dit, the 2016 Ermitage Les Gréffieux was all destemmed and saw its normal 18 months in a mix of Burgundy barrels and demi-muids, with just 25% being new. This is a rich, powerful, black-fruited expression of this cuvée, offering up tons of blackcurrants, blackberries, smoked earth, chocolate, and spice. Inky colored, full-bodied, sensationally concentrated, and opulent on the palate, it's a killer bottle of wine that can be drunk today or cellared for 25 years or more." (12/2...

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From a scorcher of a vintage that had tiny yields, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert offers a deep purple color as well as a classic Thalabert bouquet of black fruits, black olive, iodine, and peppery herbs. It’s a rich, rounded, sumptuous beauty that has plenty of sweet fruit, moderate tannins, and a great finish. It’s not going to match the 2015, but it’s a rocking wine I’d be thrilled to drink." (12/2018) 93-94 points Vinous: "Youthful purple color. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe blackcurrant, blueberry...

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: " Looking first at his Crozes Hermitage, and a wine that will stand toe to toe with any number of Hermitages, the 2003 Crozes Hermitage Les Varonniers offers thrilling black fruits, saddle leather, spice and cured meat-like qualities to go with a sexy, full-bodied, and layered profile on the palate. It will continue to evolve gracefully, but there’s no reason to delay gratification and I’d enjoy this fabulous Syrah over the coming couple of years. (JD)" (04/2014) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Very ripe, but racy t...

93 points Wine Enthusiast: " *Cellar Selection* A big step up from Jaboulet’s La Petite Chapelle, this is on a par with some of Jaboulet’s past efforts. It’s richly concentrated, yet nuanced, with notes of blood and mineral added to ripe cassis fruit and accented by hints of vanilla and spice. The tannins form an almost creamy texture in the mouth, and the finish lingers a good long time. Drink 2012–2025. " (09/2007) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Very juicy, with nice drive to the black currant and boysenberry fruit, which is pushed by dark plum sauce, ...

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the most singular wines I’m able to taste each year is unquestionably the l’Ermite Blanc from Chapoutier and it certainly lives up to the billing in 2015. Offering what I can only describe as a liquid rock (a liqueur of rocks?) character intermixed with notes of buttered citrus, pineapple, smoked meats, charcoal and toast, the 2015 Ermitage l’Ermite is full-bodied, decadent and locked and loaded on the palate. It needs 2-3 years of cellaring and I suspect will keep for half a century. (JD)" (12/2016) 98...

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The star of the show in 2013 is the 2013 Ermitage le Pavillon. Coming from the west and eastern edges of the Bessards lieu-dit and aged in 30% new French oak, its sensational black/blue color is followed by the awesome bouquet of cassis, smoked earth, graphite and caramelized meats that could come from no other terroir in the world. Full-bodied, massive, dense, sexy and with a liquid rock-like character that comes out with time in the glass, it has sweet tannin and a blockbuster finish that keeps you coming back ...

91 points Vinous: "Saturated ruby. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit scents are complicated by suggestions of olive and smoky Indian spices. Sappy, penetrating and spicy on the palate, offering fresh cassis and bitter cherry flavors and a sweet hint of cola. Vibrant mineral and cracked pepper nuances enliven the finish, which clings with very good tenacity and a touch of dusty tannins. Drink through 2025. (JR)" (03/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Atypically firm and structured for this cuvée, the medium to full-bodied 2017 Crozes Hermitage La Matinière boasts terrific aromas of violets, crushed stone, blueberries and licorice. It looks like a solid repeat of the 2015. (JC)" (12/2018) 91-92 points Vinous: "Bright violet color. Lucid dark berry and floral aromas are complemented by spice and mineral notes that build with air. Clean and energetic in style, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors, a hint of olive and a late hint of spicy crac...

93 points Wine Spectator: "A fleshy, ganache-driven version, featuring mulled plum and blackberry fruit inlaid with anise and Turkish coffee notes. Fresh fruit hangs on the finish. More bass than treble here, but the effect is rock-solid. Best from 2013 through 2020. 92 cases made. (JM)" (11/2012) K&L Notes: Louis Barruol is an indefatigable force in the Rhône. He is the fourteenth generation in his family to be making wine in this sixteenth-century domaine in Gigondas. On what was once the site of a Roman villa, Louis’ cellars show spectacular remains...

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The top cuvée from Delas is the 2015 Hermitage Les Bessards, and it's always 100% Syrah from the steep, broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit. Aged 18 months in 30% new barrels, its purple/plum color is followed by a huge nose of blackcurrants, graphite, toasted spice, crushed rocks and saddle leather. Powerful, massively concentrated, and tannic, it has a broad, expansive, heavenly texture, a thick mid-palate (you could almost use a fork for this beauty), and a great finish. Despite the richness level, it stays balanced ...

2017 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival) (Pre-Arrival)
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100 points Decanter: "Compelling fragrance despite its youth, remarkably fruity and open for a L’Ermite wine at this stage: lavender, orange, mint and fresh blackberry. Medium to full bodied, rich and mouth-coating yet sublimely fresh. Sprightly, saline tannins, super-fine but weighty. Very well balanced, with juicy acidity and hugely long. Serious thrust and soaring energy, this is white-knuckle stuff. This was made from 70-year-old Syrah vines planted on a high bank of decomposed granite and granitic sands, lieu-dit L’Ermite. Yields of 22 hl/ha. Comple...

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Full-bodied, creamy and supple, the 2017 Hermitage La Maison Bleue looks to be a thrilling Hermitage to drink over the next 10-15 years. It's loaded with mixed blueberries and raspberries, adds subtle notes of mocha and baking spices and picks up a savory hint of black olives on the long, silky finish. Don't make the mistake of thinking only the La Chapelle is worth drinking, this should be a real beauty when it's released next year. (JC)" (10/2018) 93-94 points Vinous: "Opaque ruby. Vibrant, sharply focused...

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the finest Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes I have ever tasted is the 2010, which comes close to rivaling their prodigious 2009. A wine of great intensity, it possesses an inky/purple color, plenty of creme de cassis, licorice, lead pencil shavings, camphor, flint and barbecue smoke characteristics, and a thickness and viscosity that eclipse that of the 2009. Full-bodied and powerful with sweet tannins, a striking floral/mineral component in the mid-palate, and a huge, massive finish, this brilliant Hermita...

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, it’s a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. It’s the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years. Hats off to Caroline Fray and Jacques Desvernois!" (01/2018) 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2...


96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A barrel sample of the domaine's 2017 Hermitage suggests it will be another strong vintage. Violets, pencil shavings, purple raspberries and baking spices all come together in a whirl of richness. Velvety, intense and long, it should be approachable relatively young yet have the stuffing to age for two decades. (JC)" (10/2018)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux comes from vines located at the base of the hill, just under the le Méal Vineyard. Blackberries, blueberries, liquid violet, dusty minerality and hints of beef blood all flow to a ripe, sexy, voluptuous, heavenly effort that's overflowing with fruit and richness. Concentrated, ripe, sexy and just incredible stuff, it will rival the 2006 as the finest vintage to date from this vineyard. Slightly closed and backward now, don't touch bottles for 7-8 years." (01/2018) 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Ad...

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal is the top wine from Ferraton, and rightly so, as it’s a magical wine in 2016. Rocking notes of black raspberries, blackberries, toasted spices, tapenade, and dry aged beef all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with a wealth of material yet stays balanced, layered, and seamless. It's a sensational wine that's up with the top wines of the vintage. Hats off to the team at Ferraton for this remarkable wine as well as their full lineup of wines in 2016." (12/2018) 96 points Decanter: "A ...

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Lastly, the 2016 Ermitage Le Méal is the top wine from Ferraton, and rightly so, as it’s a magical wine in 2016. Rocking notes of black raspberries, blackberries, toasted spices, tapenade, and dry aged beef all emerge from the glass, and it hits the palate with a wealth of material yet stays balanced, layered, and seamless. It's a sensational wine that's up with the top wines of the vintage. Hats off to the team at Ferraton for this remarkable wine as well as their full lineup of wines in 2016." (12/2018) 96 points Decanter: "A ...

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1993 Le Pavilion is the Hermitage of the Vintage. More austere than when I tasted it prior to bottling, it is one of the few 1993s with a sweet inner core of fruit, as well as a dense ruby/purple color, outstanding concentration and extract, and huge tannin in the finish. It is a harder style of Le Pavilion than the 1992, but it should turn out to be a 40- to 50-year wine. (RP)" (12/1996) 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Mature and drinking at point, the 1993 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon shows meaty black cher...

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Another perfect wine is the 2015 Ermitage le Meal Blanc. The most decadent, unctuous and layered in the lineup, with to-die-for notes of white currants, toasted nuts, celery seed and licorice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a huge mid-palate and a refreshing, pure, yet blockbuster finish that just won’t quit. If I had to pick a desert island white, this might be it. Drink through 2046. (JD)" (12/2016) 97 points Wine Spectator: "Lovely, featuring waves of Jonagold apple, mirabelle plum, lemon cur...

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Year in and year out, Jaboulet’s top white is the Hermitage Chevalier de Sterimberg, which is aged in new oak for nine months prior to bottling. The 2001 (a blend of 35% Roussanne and 65% Marsanne) exhibits aromas of ripe apples, honeysuckle, and flowers in a full-bodied, dense, chewy style with terrific texture, a rare unctuosity, good acidity as well as a long, concentrated, finish. Like most of these white Hermitages, it will drink well young, then close down, and re-emerge 10-12 years later. It will last for ...

1997 Chapoutier "La Sizeranne" Hermitage
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91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red. Roasted redcurrant, plum and a whiff of animal fur on the very ripe nose. Lush and generous in the mouth, with impressive concentration. Finishes with very suave tannins for the vintage, a port-like suggestion of surmaturite and sweet oak. (ST)" (01/2000)

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Spice box, cedar, black raspberries, currants, and blackberry notes all emerge from the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil and it has the bombastic fruit character of the vintage front and center. Showing more minerality with time in the glass, this medium to full-bodied beauty has remarkable purity, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish." (12/2019) 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Looking pretty sexy at the moment, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil boasts great cassis and black olive aromas, ...

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "All from the Dionnieres lieu-dit, the 2017 Hermitage Les Miaux Blanc is 100% Marsanne brought up in 80% demi-muids, with the balance in stainless steel. Its medium gold color is followed by a beautiful perfume of liquid rocks, flowers oil, tangerine, and citrus blossom. It has a certain exotic quality aromatically yet is classic Marsanne on the palate with medium to full body, bright acidity, plenty of fruit, and a clean, balanced finish." (12/2018) 93 points Decanter: "From fruit grown on clay-limestone subsoil with large pebbl...

96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Also terrific, the tiny production 2016 Ermitage Le Reverdy Blanc is a blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Roussanne brought up in demi-muids. It gives up more honeyed marmalade, wood smoke, caramelized citrus and crushed rocks aromatics. Rich, unctuous and concentrated on the palate, with gorgeous purity, it has building structure, and a great, great finish. It’s up with the crème de la crème of the vintage and should not be missed. Give bottles a year or so and enjoy over the following two decades. The only downside to these latest r...

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The concentrated, rich 2017 Crozes Hermitage Roche Pierre looks terrific from barrel. Full-bodied and velvety, it's very much Hermitage-like in its power and length. Licorice, plum and dark chocolate notes all linger on the finish. Philippe Belle and his son, Guillaume, continue to turn out some of Northern Rhône's best-kept secrets from their small estate in the hills behind Hermitage. Their Larnage sector of Crozes-Hermitage benefits from having a strong concentration of white clays, which imparts more po...

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "On a whole other level, the inky colored 2017 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers gives up a big blast of black fruits, black olive, smoked earth, and graphite. Tasting like a top Hermitage with its classic minerality, full-bodied richness, and deep, layered mid-palate, it's going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. I’ve often called this wine the greatest Crozes Hermitage produced, and it’s yet to let me down." (12/2018) 92-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Recent vintages of the 2017 Crozes Her...

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "In need of serious air to open up, the 2017 Hermitage La Chapelle became more and more impressive the longer I kept it in the glass. At first it seemed a bit simple, if admirably plummy and rich, but by the time ten minutes had elapsed, it was showing off elegant notes of crushed stone, pencil shavings and cassis, while remaining full-bodied, rich and concentrated. It's velvety and long on the finish, but something left me wanting a bit more. It's surely a great La Chapelle, but will it reach that elusive trip...

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A barrel-fermented blend of 50% Marsanne and 50% Roussanne, the 2017 Crozes Hermitage Domaine Mule Blanche is a terrific example of what those varieties can do when they're grown in the right location and vinified with care. Gentle toasted grain scents waft from the glass, along with notes of marshmallow and melon. It's full-bodied and richly textured, with notes of pineapple, crème brûlée and citrus on the long finish.(JC)" (10/2018) 92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "From the Thalabert estate, which is mostly rolled sto...

98 points Decanter: "This legendary estate is now owned by the Frey family, who have returned it and its wines to greatness. The wine is 100% Syrah from 60-year-old vines planted around the chapelle on the hill of Hermitage. The colour has barely changed since its youth, and the nose remains remarkably youthful with intense black fruits and a hint of floral perfume. The palate is dominated by a welter of morello cherry, damson, cream, coffee, spice, ink and violets. It possesses extraordinary balance with juxtaposing acidity and ripe, polished tannins. T...

92 points Wine & Spirits: "No Tasting Note Given" (10/2002) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Sappy, superripe aromas of cherry liqueur and sweet oak. Dense, sweet and deep, with cherry and licorice flavors. Finishes with big, sweet, chewy tannins, excellent length and a strikingly aromatic character. Here's a '99 that's better in the bottle than it was from barrel a year ago. (ST)" (01/2002) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The luxury cuvee of Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonniers emerges from the granite hills behind ...

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As in 2016, my favorite of the white parcel selections this year is the 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc (231 cases produced), as it perfectly balances richness and power with refinement and structure. Toasted brioche and citrus marmalade, honey and truffle notes deliver sheer full-bodied, mouth-filling decadence, supported by austere notes of crushed granite, zesty grapefruit rind and cooling brine. Huge and intense yet refreshing, it's the essence of granite-grown Marsanne. (JC)" (10/2018) 98 points Decanter: "T...

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The black/purple/ruby-colored 2017 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from the Bessards lieu-dit, which in this reviewer’s opinion is the greatest terroir in the world for Syrah. Offering a huge notes of currants, cassis, liquid rocks, graphite, scorched earth, and liquid rocks, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, deep, thick, opulent texture that needs to be tasted to be believed. Almost over the top, yet balanced and elegant, it's much more hedonistic than the L'Ermite and is going to flirt with perfection with short-term cellari...

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of three potentially perfect Hermitage wines from Chapoutier this vintage, the 2017 Ermitage le Meal is absolutely seamless, delivering a whirl of lush fruit, ample structure and tremendous freshness and length on the finish. Crushed stone and pencil shavings frame the technicolor blueberry and cassis fruit, which picks up an added licorice note. Just a wow wine from start to finish. (JC)" (10/2018) 96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The glass-staining purple-colored 2017 Ermitage Le Méal comes from an incredib...

2016 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Paradis" Saint-Joseph (Previously $43) (Previously $43)
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94 points Wine Spectator: "This has layers of warm cherry, plum and raspberry compote forming the core, while apple wood, black tea and iron notes run underneath. The finish has a fresh and racy edge, leaving a mouthwatering feel despite the heft. (JM)" (11/2018) 93 points Vinous: "Glass-staining ruby. Highly perfumed black and blue fruit, potpourri and incense aromas are complemented by hints of exotic spices and smoky minerals. Seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering densely packed, appealingly sweet blueberry, cherry preserve, floral pasti...

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Aged 36 months in new oak, the colossal 2015 Hermitage Ex Voto is up with the finest vintages of this cuvée to date and is certainly in the same ballpark as the 2009 and 2010. This deep, powerful, muscular Hermitage boasts a saturated purple color to go with its huge nose of crème de cassis, freshly crushed rocks, incense, charcoal, and spring flowers. Full-bodied, with good acidity and huge richness and density, it requires 5-7 years of cellaring and should drink well for 40+ years. (JD)" (12/2018) 95-97 points Robert Parker's ...