2015 Ferraton Père et Fils "Les Dionnieres" Hermitage Rouge (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1293528 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Smoked earth, blueberries, blackberries, graphite and huge minerality all emerge from the 2015 Ermitage Les Dionnières, which comes from older vines planted on the eastern/lower section of Hermitage, in more sedimentary soils. It saw a touch stems and 20% new oak. Full-bodied, concentrated, stacked and packed, with sweet, building tannin, forget bottles for 4-6 years and enjoy over the following two+ decades. The only downside to these latest releases from Ferraton? They’re made in tiny quantities and there’s just not enough to go around. For readers who don’t know, this estate is managed by Michel Chapoutier, yet they have their own vineyard sources and winemaking team.  (1/2018)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Ermitage Les Dionnieres saw the same élevage as the Le Méal and has huge, unctuous aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries, black currants, framboise, crushed rocks and graphite. Coming from a site located on the eastern edge of the appellation, it has a huge mid-palate, integrated acidity and the sweet, sweet tannin that’s common in the vintage. The quality (and number of cuvées) from this estate continues to soar, and this is easily the finest lineup up of wines I’ve tasted from this team. (JD)  (12/2016)

94 points Vinous

 Brilliant violet. Vibrant, sharply focused black and blue fruit scents are complicated by exotic spice, olive paste and mineral notes. Sweet and precise on the palate, showing energetic lift to concentrated blueberry, violet pastille and spicecake flavors that show a surprisingly delicate touch for their power. Picks up a smoky quality with air and finishes sweet, supple and impressively long; discreet tannins add shape and gentle grip. (JR)  (4/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This is packed with warm fig, boysenberry and blackberry confiture notes, supported by commensurate graphite and warm charcoal accents. Best from 2020 through 2032.  (12/2017)

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