2015 M. Chapoutier "Les Greffieux" Ermitage Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Last of the Hermitage releases, from a vineyard that lies just underneath le Méal, the 2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux is another huge, almost primordial release that tastes like it had just completed fermentation. Inky black in color, with tons of black olive, melted licorice and unctuous levels of black fruit, it should match the 2006 for its concentration, sweet, building tannin and blockbuster finish. Hide this puppy in the cellar for 7-8 years and enjoy over the following 3-4 decades.
Opaque ruby. Explosive aromas of cherry liqueur, black raspberry, spicecake and incense on the highly perfumed nose. Utterly stains the palate with vibrant red and dark fruit liqueur, allspice and violet pastille flavors enlivened by a mineral nuance that builds with aeration. Shows an uncanny blend of richness and vivacity, with no rough edges that I can find. Spicy and pliant on the strikingly long, sappy finish, which features resonating red fruit character and silky, even tannins.
The 2015 Ermitage Les Greffieux is remarkably fresh, with a mix of raspberry and blackberry fruit carried by brambly structure that really zip it up nicely on the finish. Light tobacco, pink peppercorn and warm stone notes hang in the background, but this is really built around its fruit.