Wine Region: Northern Rhone Valley, France
Grape: 100% Shiraz
Deep red with intense ruby glints. As always, the wine is so full of colour that it is almost black. The nose opens rapidly with complex black fruit notes, soft spices and cocoa beans. This is the balsamic, empyreumatic, and also slightly resinous fragrance of intense black fruit. The mouth does not disappoint. The massive, powerful presence fills the palate. Despite its richness, this 2011 Hermitage is velvety, almost docile. Once again, notes of mocha, cocoa and sweet spices complete the harmony.
About the Winery
In 1769 a village assembly at the request of Claude Francois Mure de Larnage new lord attributes a piece of vineyard to each family and this for his personal consumption. From this era of lords until the 1930s the family property will expand a few neighboring plots, vinify its wines and sell them for local consumption. At the return of the property by Louis Belle (Philippe's grandfather), a profound change will take place. Indeed Louis BELLE liked to work his vines but did not like to vinify the wine, and he joined the cellar cooperative Tain l'Hermitage in 1933. However, as a grand winemaker, he will continue to acquire some beautiful parcels on the commune of Larnage and Tain l'hermitage. When his son Albert took over the family estate in the 1970s, the estate spread over two villages (Larnage and Tain) and covered about 4 ha.
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