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White
750ml
Bottle: $99.75
Rated 92 - Brilliant yellow-gold. Powerful scents of nectarine, pear nectar and Meyer lemon pick up vanilla, honey...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $112.50
Rated 92 - Deep ruby. Dark fruit preserves, olive, woodsmoke and a hint of incense on the powerfully scented nose....
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $82.92
Rated 94 - In a completely different style to the 2016s, the 2017 Hermitage comes from a ripe, sexy vintage for...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $68.94
12 bottles: $67.56
• Practicing organic. • 100% Syrah. • From equal parts Le Méal, Les Greffieux, Les Murets. • 40+ year old...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $24.00
12 bottles: $23.52
Red
750ml
Bottle: $83.94
12 bottles: $82.26
• Certified organic. • 100% Syrah. • From a 0.3 ha parcel in the highest section of Les Diognieres. • 60+...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $399.95 $400.50
6 bottles: $399.60
Rated 94 - It is an amazing achievement. Even better is the 2008 Ermitage l’Ermite (449 cases). Not as concentrated...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $672.90
6 bottles: $672.00
Rated 98 - The 2011 Ermitage l’Ermite is a killer Hermitage that offers a huge bouquet of thick crème de cassis...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $387.90
Rated 97 - The 2014 L'Ermite comes from a charming, moderately concentrated vintage, but you wouldn’t know that by...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $484.88
Rated 100 - Readers wanting to understand pure granite soils need to taste the inky blue/black-colored 2016 Ermitage...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $599.94 $672.00
Rated 98-100 - As usual, Chapoutier's 2018 Ermitage l'Ermite is a standout among standouts. Crushed stone,...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $349.92 $374.90
Rated 99 - Even better and always one of the top whites in any given vintage, the 2011 Ermitage Cuvee de l’Oree...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $306.81 $340.90
Rated 97 - The 2016 Ermitage De L’Orée is also beautiful in the vintage and has a huge nose of buttered citrus,...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $594.81 $660.90
Rated 97 - Very rich, but racy and well-focused, with a great minerally underpinning to the fresh butter, chamomile,...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $952.90
6 bottles: $952.00
Rated 100 - The 2011 Ermitage l’Ermite Blanc is pure perfection in white wine. Coming from very old, pre-phylloxera...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $787.95
6 bottles: $772.19
Rated 100 - As in 2016, my favorite of the white parcel selections this year is the 2017 Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc (231...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $584.95
6 bottles: $573.25
Rated 100 - Another truly flawless wine from this dream team is the 2018 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc, which comes from...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $348.95
6 bottles: $341.97
Rated 98 - Similar to the '12 and showing the generosity and warmth of this site, the 2011 Ermitage le Meal is...
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $355.90
Rated 98 - Showing similar to last year, the 2012 Ermitage le Meal is a blockbuster that's about as voluptuous and...
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France Rhone Valley Hermitage

Year in, year out, France enjoys its prestigious reputation as the producer of the finest wines in the world. With a wine making history which spans several thousand years and owes its expertise to the Romans, it comes as little surprise that this most highly esteemed of the Old World wine countries continues to impress and enchant both novices and experts to this day. Despite the rise in quality of wines from neighboring European countries, not to mention the New World, the French wine industry continues to boom, with up to eight billion bottles being produced in recent years. However, France prides itself on always putting quality before quantity, and the wide range in fine produce is a testament to the dedication and knowledge of the wineries across the country. Indeed, from rich and complex reds to light and aromatic white wines, French wines are as varied and interesting as they are enjoyable to drink, making this country a firm favorite for wine lovers across the globe.

The Rhone Valley of southern France is a particularly fascinating wine region, with a history that stretches back to at least six hundred BCE, when the ancient Greeks first began cultivating vines there. The region itself is split into two distinct sub-regions, with the northern sub-region being famed for its production of exceptional Syrah, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier wines, packed full of interesting character and expressing the terroir found there. The southern sub-region is home to an enormous variety of grapes, and produces red, white and rosé wines, and some of the world's most famous and adored blended wines. The continental climate of the region is ideal for growing grapes, and the winds which blow from the Central Massif help temper the heat in the vineyards, leading to very ripe fruits holding plenty of flavor.

Hermitage is the northern Rhone's most famous red wine appellation. A small district, Hermitage produces remarkably rich, deeply-colored, aromatic red wines made only from Syrah, and complex white wines blended from Marsanne and Roussane. In the 18th and 19th century, Hermitage wines commanded prices akin to First-Growth Bordeaux.
Hermitage is located on a granitic hill of about 311 acres, with southern exposure, and a number of different soil types divided into various climats within the vineyard. The granite and exposure encourage optimal ripening of the grapes. So closely is the variety Syrah identified with the appellation that in Australia, Hermitage is sometimes used as a synonym for Shiraz (the Australian name for Syrah).