2014 M. Chapoutier "Les Greffieux" Ermitage Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1226315 95-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Starting off the four selection parcellaires releases and from a lieu-dit located just at the bottom of the Le Méal lieu-dit, the 2014 Ermitage les Greffieux was completely destemmed, vinified all in concrete (as are the vast majority of Michel’s wines) and aged in a combination of 25% new barrels and demi-muids. Inky black/blue colored, full-bodied, rich and sexy with a beautifully expansive, mouth filling texture, it has classic Hermitage notes of lead pencil, liquid rock, black olive and assorted darker fruits. It’s shockingly good in the vintage and will have two or more decades of prime drinking. (JD)  (12/2015)

94-96 points Vinous

 Dark purple. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes dark fruit liqueur, smoky minerals and pungent flowers, complemented by notes of olive and anise. Stains the palate with juicy black and blue fruit flavors given bite by zesty acidity and a peppery element. Clings with fantastic tenacity on the sweet, dark fruit-dominated finish, which is framed by velvety, slow-building tannins. (JR)  (3/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Very complete and forward. Massive wine that seems to hold little in reserve. Classic textbook instructive Hermitage. Long and savoury. Relatively open. 18/20 points.  (6/2015)

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