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  • Remarkable freshness with notable and refined tannins to due long oak ageing.
  • "a rock-solid core of dark plum, black currant and licorice flavors" Wine Spectator
  • "Bright fruit. Very good balance" Jancis Robinson, MW
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Ruby-Red
Nose "Features a slightly roasted frame, showing espresso and bittersweet cocoa notes" Wine Spectator
Palate "with a rock-solid core of dark plum, black currant and licorice flavors that flow through the grippy, tar- and loam-edged finish. Reveals singed alder and bay accents in the background." Wine Spectator
Food Pairing Beef short ribs braised in red wine and herbs.
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes 100% Syrah sourced from 30 year old vines.
Variety Shiraz
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2009
Region Hermitage
Country France
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Guigal
Despite his young age, marcel guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the guigals to buy out vidal-fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the guigals purchased the jean-louis grippat estate in saint-joseph and hermitage, as well as the domaine de vallouit in côte-rôtie, hermitage, saint-joseph and crozes-hermitage.

In the cellars of the guigal estate in ampuis, the northern appellations of the rhône valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of côte-rôtie, condrieu, hermitage, saint-joseph and crozes-hermitage. The great appellations of the southern rhône, châteauneuf-du-pape, gigondas, tavel and côtes-du-rhône, are also aged in the ampuis cella.
Hermitage
Hermitage is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region of France, south of the city Lyon. The region produces some of the world's finest Syrah, rich, incredibly age worthy wines that are among the most expensive Syrah (Shiraz) globally.

The red wines produced in Hermitage are one of France's most prestigious wines. Among the offering from Rhone, none beat it, though Cote Rotie (45km to the north) and Chateauneuf-du-Pape (110km to the south) are of corresponding quality in their respective blends. The white counterpoint to the red is Hermitage Blanc, a wine to behold comprising the Roussane and Marsanne varietals. Surprisingly they account for around one third of the regions entire plantings.
95*
points
Robert Parker
The 2009 Hermitage possesses a dense purple color as well as lots of creme de cassis, camphor and acacia flowers. Deep, rich and full-bodied, this massive blockbuster will need a decade of cellaring after its release. 93-95 points.
93+
points
Jeb Dunnuck
A big, massive and rich effort that needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, the inky colored 2009 Hermitage reveals terrific aromatics of cassis, blackberry, smoked herbs, graphite and seared meats. Full-bodied, concentrated, locked and loaded, it's another 30+ year wine from this team that readers should purchase by the case.
93
points
Wine Spectator
Features a slightly roasted frame, showing espresso and bittersweet cocoa notes, with a rock-solid core of dark plum, black currant and licorice flavors that flow through the grippy, tar- and loam-edged finish. Reveals singed alder and bay accents in the background. Needs cellaring to settle into itself. Best from 2017 through 2027.
90
points
Wine Enthusiast
This chewy, astringent wine displays cedar, toast and vanilla notes that threaten to dominate the dark fruit. It's full bodied and richly textured on the palate, but ends on drying, dusty notes of baking spices. Drink 2018–2025.
17.5/20
points
Jancis Robinson
Tasted blind. Transparent crimson. Quite a complex, layered nose. Bright fruit. Very good balance even if less distinctive than some. Creditable but without – yet? – extraordinary distinguishing marks. Just a little lack of juice in the middle.

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