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93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "As good, if not better than the 2018, the 2019 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Christophe is a blockbuster Crozes-Hermitage that brings the fruit and richness as well as beautiful minerality and floral notes. As with the 2018, it has background oak, ample mid-palate depth, and building tannins. Yes, please." (11/2020) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dominated by scents of licorice, crushed stone and cassis, the 2019 Crozes Hermitage Cuvee Christophe is an impressive effort. Concentrated and ripe, it's full-bodied and rich, f...
Price: $29.99

90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The base 2019 Crozes-Hermitage looks to be outstanding, with a beautiful purple color, classic Northern Rhône notes of darker fruits, pepper, and gamey tapenade, medium to full body, and a balanced, pure, seamless texture. It should be a smoking value and delivers the goods." (11/2020) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Whispers of eucalyptus and charred clove lend spice to black-currant and cherry flavors in this 100% Syrah sourced from vines averaging 45 years in age. Matured 15 months in a combination of new and used oak, it’s fu...
Price: $17.99

2019 Domaine Belle "Les Pierrelles" Crozes-Hermitage
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The roots of the Belle family run deep in Hermitage and extend back to the 18th century when the family began acquiring vines in the region. When descendant Louis Belle assumed control of the property he preferred tending vines over making wine. In 1933, Louis became one of the founding members of the Cave de Tain, the local cooperative. It was not until 2003 when grandson Philippe began making wines for the domaine. The property has 25 hectares of vines planted across Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage and St-Joseph, along with apricot orchards and a vine nurs...
Price: $27.99
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2019 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage
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94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie certainly doesn't lack for color, offering a dense purple/blue hue to go with gorgeous crème de cassis, blackberry, toasted spice, cured meats, and barbecue smoke-like aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness, a fleshy, opulent texture, firm tannins, and notable purity as well as freshness, this has everything a young Hermitage should have. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 20 years or so." (11/2020) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Hermitage Cuvee E...
Price: $64.99

2018 Domaine des Remizières "Cuvée Emilie" Hermitage
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95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship 2018 Hermitage Cuvée Emilie comes from the upper part of the appellation, in the Les Grandes Vignes lieu-dit, with a splash from the Les Rocoules as well. A beautiful, medium to full-bodied effort from this family, it sports a deep purple hue as well as loads of liquid rock and damp earth-like notes intermixed with plenty of crème de cassis, white flowers, graphite, and spice. With stunning purity, a balanced, elegant texture, ripe tannins, and a lengthy finish, this tight, compact, closed Hermitage needs 4-5 years of...
Price: $64.99

2018 Ferraton Père et Fils "La Matinière" Crozes-Hermitage
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90-92 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Beautiful notes of spiced red and black fruits, incense, graphite, and mint emerge from the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage La Matinière, which is supple and seamless on the palate, with beautiful tannins. I love the balance here, and this forward, charming, sexy Crozes shows the style of the vintage perfectly." (12/2019) 92 points Vinous: "Lively aromas of ripe red and dark berries and candied flowers, with a suggestion of allspice emerging as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic in style, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherr...
Price: $19.99


95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship Croze release is the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Roche Pierre. A big, rich, powerful wine, it has plenty of classy oak as well as ripe blue fruits, scorched earth, graphite, chocolate, and assorted meatiness to go with a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style on the palate. Displaying more density than the Cuvée Louis Belle, it needs 3-5 years of bottle age and will keep for 15-20 years. It's up with the crème de la crème of the vintage." (04/2021) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From old vines on granitic soils,...
Price: $59.99

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Showing better than the bottle I tried last year, the 2019 Cornas is marked by scents of crushed stone, red plums and blackcurrants. This is a harmonious, full-bodied example of Cornas that should age well for at least a decade. Concentrated without being overly dense or weighty and with plentiful but supple tannins, it's almost drinkable now. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. (JC)" (01/2022)
Price: $39.99

96-98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Compared to the La Maison Bleue, the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle is more closed, tight, and primary, with a focused, full-bodied style that carries impressive black and blue fruits, graphite, bloody meat, and ample minerality. Structured and tannic, yet wonderfully concentrated and pure, it's not for those seeking instant gratification, but it’s another stunning Hermitage in the making. 96-98+" (11/2020) 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Last year, I giddily speculated whether the 2019 Hermitage La Chapelle would warra...

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A superb Maison Bleue, the 2019 Hermitage La Maison Bleue seamlessly blends cherries and cassis into a purple mashup of fruit carried on rich, velvety waves of texture. Full-bodied and intense, it finishes complex and savory, adding notes of olive, clove and cedar on the long, luxurious finish. Already approachable, it should drink well through 2040. (JC)" (01/2022) 93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Hermitage La Maison Bleue showed well, with impressive notes of ripe black fruits, iron, leather, and hints of cam...
Price: $59.99

98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "As usual, Chapoutier's 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite is a standout among standouts. Crushed stone, blueberries, even a touch of herb feature on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is cool and crunchy but also ripe and generous. It's rich and long, with a firm, granitic structure that should enable two-plus decades of aging. This has it all. (JC)" (12/2019) 97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Similar to the Le Pavillon with its liquid rock minerality, the 2018 Ermitage L’Ermite's inky purple/blue color is followed a gorg...

2019 Domaine des Remizières "Autrement" Hermitage
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97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Vinified in open demi-muids, the 2019 Hermitage Autrement is - if possible - even blacker in hue than the Cuvée Emilie. Similarly packed and stacked, this magnificent, full-bodied beauty actually comes across as slightly less massive, with hints of complex herbal tendrils winding through the dark fruit flavors, a more supple feel on the palate and a longer, more nuanced finish. It should drink well for close to two decades. (JC)" (05/2021) K&L Notes: The Desmeures family of Domaine des Remizières are fourth-gen...
Price: $120.00

93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship from Crozes is the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Le Grand Courtil, which will spend 12-14 months in barrel before bottling. Rocking notes of crème de cassis, spring flowers, olives, and pepper all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied, has a kiss of background oak, ripe yet present tannins, and a great finish. It's a stunning, balanced, pure Crozes Hermitage that makes the most of the vintage." (12/2019) 93 points Vinous: "Spice-tinged dark berries, potpourri, olive paste and smoky bacon on the highly per...

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Always one of the top Crozes-Hermitage out there (although the case could be made that it's more Hermitage than Crozes), the 2018 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers has a liqueur of rocks-like character as well as gorgeous blue fruits, violets, earth, and bouquet garni aromas and flavors. I'd unquestionably guess Hermitage in a blind lineup. This full-bodied beauty has a seamless texture, ample tannins, and a great finish. It's pure class and the finest Crozes Hermitage out there in 2018. It's a stunning value that readers should snat...

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Black raspberries, blackberries, and cassis fruits as well as candied violets and cracked peppercorns emerge from the 2019 Crozes Hermitage Les Pichères. This is another rich, concentrated, yet structured Crozes that will benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar." (03/2021) 93 points Wine Spectator: "This has a nice winey feel, featuring a mix of dark currant, plum and blackberry fruit flavors, with warm earth, tobacco and tar notes through the finish. Very solidly built. (JM)" (02/2022) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate...
Price: $29.99

2018 Delas Frères "Ligne de Crête - Les Grandes Vignes" Hermitage (Pre-Arrival) (Pre-Arrival)
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99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I've had multiple looks at previous vintages, this is my first review of the 2018 Hermitage Ligne de Crête Les Grandes Vignes. Inky in hue, it boasts powerful, brooding aromas that include hints of hardwood charcoal, dark berries, licorice, crushed stone and pencil shavings. Full-bodied and almost painfully intense, it's a huge, mouthfilling wine that seems capable of aging up to three decades. Rich, supple and creamy in texture, yet possessing remarkable length and retronasal nuance, it has to rank up ther...
Price: $199.99

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Not yet bottled, the 2018 Ermitage Ex Voto brings another level of purity and precision, as well as concentration. Deep purple-hued, with brilliant cassis and blue fruits as well as liquid rock-like minerality, it has perfectly integrated oak, flawless tannins, a stacked mid-palate, and a great, great finish. I wrote “heavenly stuff” in my notes. This will require a solid decade of bottle age and should have 30-40 years of longevity if stored correctly." (02/2022) 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "To my mind, the 2...
Price: $329.99

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 ...
Price: $199.99

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The star of the show as well as one of the wines of this great vintage, the 2019 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes all from broken granite soils of the Bessards lieu-dit and was all destemmed, vinified in concrete tanks, and brought up in just 15% new French oak, with a tiny amount in a small foudre as well. The level of new oak continues to plummet at this estate, which around a decade ago or more was utilizing 100% new barrels. Full-bodied, concentrated, and powerful, it’s a perfect example of the Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove saying an...
Price: $319.99

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2020 Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers is young and unevolved, yet I still love it. Full-bodied aromas and flavors of blueberries, raspberries, violets, and some rocky mineral notes define this structured yet incredibly pure Crozes Hermitage. As with the 2019, it has more than a passing resemblance to a top Hermitage." (02/2022) 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sourced from a west-facing granite slope, the 2020 Crozes Hermitage les Varonniers shows excellent concentration and ripeness, yet it never goes overboard...
Price: $54.99

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Pure perfection in Syrah, the 2012 Ermitage Le Pavillon comes from the pure granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit and was brought up in around 30-35% new demi-muids. This blockbuster yet magical wine offers everything: incredible aromatics, huge richness and intensity, no sensation of weight or heaviness, and a finish that just goes on and on. With lots of sweet dark cassis and raspberry fruit, it has an almost Méal-like sexiness yet shows more and more minerality as well as tannins on the finish. It’s a quintessential, awes...
Price: $349.99

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A rich, more broad, opulent wine, the 2019 Ermitage Les Greffieux has lots of darker berry and cassis-like fruit as well as textbook Northern Rhône Syrah notes of pepper, bouquet garni, leather, and woodsmoke. I love its depth and richness on the palate, and it’s full-bodied and has beautiful balance, supple tannins, and a great finish. " (02/2022) 96 points James Suckling: "Incredibly dense nose of elderberries with some raw meat and smoke. At least as massively structured as it is concentrated, this is almost too much to take ...
Price: $149.99


96 points Decanter: "Some tangy berry coulis can be coaxed out with air, but it's very closed for now. Very dense with fine tannins. Huge power and concentration, though the alcohol is high. Great surge of fruit and tannin that coat the palate. Intense, though without the same finesse and balance of Le Méal. From clay limestone soils facing south, fermentation in concrete. Will be aged up to 18 months, with around 25% new oak. (MW)" (10/2020) 96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2019 Les Dionnières comes from the more limestone soils on the eastern side of Herm...
Price: $89.99

94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The tiny production 2018 Hermitage Le Méal comes from one of the warmer terroirs on Hermitage Hill and will spend 14 to 18 months in 50% new French oak. Full-bodied, powerful, and structured as all hell, it has loads of currants and black cherry fruits, tons of spice, dried earth, and mineral aromatics, building tannins, and a big finish. It's certainly the most tannic and backward of the three Hermitage and is going to need upwards of a decade of cellaring." (12/2019) 96 points Vinous: "Powerful blueberry and blackcurrant ar...


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 ...

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 ...

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The inky hued 2020 Ermitage L’Ermite is heavenly stuff, but as usual, it’s not for the instant gratification crowd. It’s also the first vintage where they’ve kept some stems as well, although it’s impossible to tell at this young stage. Vibrant and pure cassis and blue fruits as well as powdered stone and liquid rock-like characteristics define this primordial yet flawlessly put together Hermitage. It has a finish that won’t quit and is another legendary wine from the team at Chapoutier." (02/2022) 96-98 points Robert Parker...
Price: $329.99

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another Hermitage that might top out the scale is the 2020 Ermitage Le Pavillon, which comes from the western side of Hermitage and the Bessards lieu-dit. All destemmed and still aging in 15% new larger barrels, it has classic granite-influenced cassis fruits as well as graphite, liquid violets, scorched earth, and powdered stone. Full-bodied, dense, powerful, and flawlessly balanced, it has perfection written all over it." (02/2022) 98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Chapoutier's 2020 Ermitage le Pavillon shows a...

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Even better, the 2019 Ermitage Le Méal is blockbuster stuff and is up with the crème de la crème of the vintage. Coming from the warmest terroir on Hermitage, this beauty boasts a deep purple/plum color to go with incredible aromatics of blue fruits, lavender, chocolate, burning embers, and violets. These all carry to a full-bodied, opulent Hermitage with a round, expansive mouthfeel, beautiful tannins, no hard edges, and one heck of a great finish. It needs plenty of air to show at its best today, and even then, its tannins clamp...
Price: $115.00

93 points Vinous: "Dark berries, potpourri, exotic spices and a suggestion of smoky minerals on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering densely packed, energetic blackberry, cherry compote and violet flavors that are supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Supple, even tannins add grip to the impressively persistent, mineral-driven finish, which strongly repeats the floral note. (JR)" (04/2020) K&L Notes: J. Boutin is a newer project from Stephane Vedeau of Clos Bellane and La Ferme du Mont fame. Named for his mothe...
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93-95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Black raspberries, cassis, smoked herbs, graphite, peppered meat, and gamey notes all emerge from the 2019 Crozes-Ermitage Le Grand Courtil, a rich, full-bodied Crozes with building yet ripe tannins, a round, expansive mouthfeel, and a great finish. It's going to benefit from 2-4 years in the cellar, but it’s certainly a stunning Crozes in the making." (03/2021) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Crozes Hermitage Le Grand Courtil, Ferraton's top Crozes, comes from a plot in the commune of Mercurol and ages ent...
Price: $39.99

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Conservatively, the 2009 Ermitage l’Ermite (702 cases) needs 25-30 years of cellaring. Another monumental effort from Michel Chapoutier, it possesses copious notes of smoky asphalt, black truffles, pen ink, graphite and blackberry liqueur intermixed with hints of flowers and crushed rocks. Extremely full-bodied with abundant sweet tannins, amazing penetration on the palate and a long finish, this historic effort should age effortlessly for 50-100+ years. (RP) 98+" (12/2011) 98 points Wine Spectator: "This has a...
Price: $379.99

98-100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "A ripe, sexy, opulent Hermitage, the 2020 Ermitage Le Méal has lots of black raspberry, violet, spring flower, and cured meat-like aromatics. It shows its Méal origin on the palate, where it’s full-bodied, has a creamy, velvety, opulent mouthfeel, ultra-fine tannins, and one gorgeous finish. It’s certainly the most extroverted in the lineup, but it still brings plenty of focus, freshness, and structure." (02/2022) 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Marked by scents of blueberries, purple raspberries, black cherries...
Price: $259.99

97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2017 Hermitage Ex Voto shows the sunny, sexy side of the vintage yet backs it up with a dense, concentrated style. Ripe black fruits, smoked earth, toasted bread, and exotic spice all define the bouquet, and it’s full-bodied, structured, and powerful on the palate. Like most 2017s, it’s going to have some early accessibility due to the wealth of fruit, yet it’s going to benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age." (12/2019) 97 points Wine Spectator: "Exotic, this ripples with warm, well-steeped boysenberry, blackberry and fig f...
Price: $299.99

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) 97 points Vinous: "Deep, glas...
Price: $319.99

J. L. Chave Selection was launched in the 1990s as a way to introduce wine consumers to the Chave style, at a lower price point, retaining the winery's famous quality. Originally much of the wine came from other producers; now, younger plantings of the domaine's own properties are included. Wine writer Richard Jennings fills in the details, from a tasting with Erin Cannon Chave: "The Crozes-Hermitage Silene is named after Bacchus’s drunken father-in-law. Most of Crozes is on the valley floor, on clay, but the Chave’s parcel sits on the east-facing rear f...
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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...

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Coming from the more limestone soils of this hallowed appellation, the 2018 Ermitage Les Dionnières reveals a dense purple color to go with beautiful cassis and blackberry fruits interwoven with lots of burning embers, dried herbs, earth, and a touch of chocolate. With full-bodied richness, a round, expansive texture, and building tannins, it's a beautiful, classic, flawlessly balanced Hermitage that will benefit from just short-term cellaring and keep for 20 years or more." (11/2020) 95 points Vinous: "Aromas of ripe, smoke-tin...

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A perfect wine, the 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,093 cases) boasts a black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of acacia flowers, blackberries, blueberries, roasted meats, creme de cassis, truffles, graphite, powdered rock and new saddle leather. Extremely dense, noble and pure, this monumental Ermitage is built for 50-100 years of cellaring. " (12/2011) 97 points Wine Spectator: "This has a very alluring ganache edge, which melds nicely into the core of crushed plum, blackberry and currant notes....
Price: $399.99

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1995 Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage Rouge (100RP, 94WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still a youngster, the blockbuster 1995 Ermitage le Pavillon is a quintessential Hermitage in every way. Full-bodied, powerful, thick and unctuous, with tons of smoky, black, black fruits, tar, saddle leather and peppery herbs, this perfect wine is massively concentrated, rich and stacked, with masses of ripe tannin hiding under its still lively and fresh fruit. And while it’s a brilliant drink today, it’s still not yet fully mature. This tour de Force beauty will see its 50th birthday in fine form! (JD)" (09/2016)
Starting Bid: $535.00

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sharing some similarities to the le Meal (yet its from a very different terroir), with its full-bodied, decadent, heavenly profile that somehow stays pure, poised and elegant, the 2012 Ermitage le Pavillon (767 cases) offers an extraordinary perfume of cassis, raspberries, crushed flowers, powdered rock and smoked earth. Coming all from the granite soils of the les Bessards lieu-dit, which produces some of the most muscular, concentrated wines on the planet, this serious 2012 is more approachable than either the...
Price: $1,795.00

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) 97 points Vinous: "Deep, glas...
Price: $3,000.00

Bid on this bottle of 1997 M. Chapoutier "l'Ermite" Ermitage Rouge (95ST). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Classic complex, subtle Hermitage aromas of cassis, raspberry, smoke, gunpowder, leather and roasted herbs. Huge, thick and extraordinarily deep without being heavy. A wine of great class and sweetness. Finishes with lush, thoroughly sweet tannins and great subtle persistence. Amazing juice. (ST) 95+" (01/2000)
Starting Bid: $175.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2001 M. Chapoutier "L'Ermite" Ermitage ((98-100RP), 96W&S, 96WS, (90-93ST)). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The black-colored 2001 Ermitage l’Ermite may be equal to the perfect 1996. Awesome levels of kirsch liqueur, licorice, and white flowers are followed by a superbly concentrated, etched, long, deep wine with multiple layers, a fabulous texture, and virtually perfect balance as well as harmony. Possessing great stature and intensity, it is a monumental achievement. (RP)" (06/2003)

Bid on this bottle of 1989 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "La Chapelle" Hermitage (100JS, 98DC, 96JD, 96RP, 96WS). James Suckling: "I have always been a huge fan of this wine, with incredible depth and richness of character. Dried meat, game, berry, spice, asphalt and tar. Full body with layers of ripe tannins and spice. It goes on for minutes on the finish. This is a fabulously spicy with black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, black truffles, sous bois and licorice. Decant two or three hours before serving. Purity and balance. This is the legendary 1961 again." (12/2014)
Starting Bid: $300.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2003 M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage (100RP, 95VN, 95WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better, and topping out on my scale, the 2003 Ermitage le Pavillon comes all from the granite soils of the Les Bessards lieu-dit and was aged 100% in new barrels. Its inky ruby/black color is followed by off the hook aromas and flavors of plum, creme de cassis, licorice, crushed rocks and violet/incense-like qualities. This gives way to a full-bodied, dense, seamless and textured 2003 that has building tannin, awesome concentration and a blockbuster finish. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades, although, as with the Le Meal, it’s gorgeous now. (JD)" (04/2014)
Starting Bid: $660.00

Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2004 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage ((95-96VN), 96WS, 94RP, 94WE). Vinous: "1#: Explosively floral, with remarkable purity and a strong licorice tone. #2: Spicier sample, with strong cherry pit and graphite on the palate and a bright, zesty quality. #3: Solid and chewy, with strong bitter cherry, dark chocolate and tobacco qualities ('this batch gives the wine its skeleton'). #4 (all Peleat): Incredibly sweet and minerally, like a great Griotte-Chambertin, with amazing purity of cherry and raspberry fruit. A great '04 in the making. (JR)" (02/2007)
Starting Bid: $705.00

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