2009 Chapoutier Ermitage les Greffieux
Syrah - 750ML
  • WS 96
  • WA 95
  • IWC 94
  • JR 93

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WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, July 2012
Tightly focused, with a beam of linzer torte, bitter cherry, plum sauce and fig fruit laced with licorice snap, singed iron and roasted bay leaf. The long finish has lots of roasted fig, tar and spice notes for extra... Tightly focused, with a beam of linzer torte, bitter cherry, plum sauce and fig fruit laced with licorice snap, singed iron and roasted bay leaf. The long finish has lots of roasted fig, tar and spice notes for extra bass, but the acidity is there as well, deeply embedded. Best from 2015 through 2030. – JM
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
Closer in style to the ’11, yet with more mid-palate depth and concentration, the 2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux is a voluptuous, decadent and seriously fruited Hermitage that has full-bodied richness and power, layers of... Closer in style to the ’11, yet with more mid-palate depth and concentration, the 2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux is a voluptuous, decadent and seriously fruited Hermitage that has full-bodied richness and power, layers of sweet fruit and awesome concentration. It will drink well for over two decades. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, April 2012
Bright violet color. A wild, expressive bouquet evokes dark berries, fruitcake, olive and pungent spices. Broad and sappy, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a wallop of candied flowers. Shows... Bright violet color. A wild, expressive bouquet evokes dark berries, fruitcake, olive and pungent spices. Broad and sappy, offering sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors and a wallop of candied flowers. Shows intense spiciness on the finish, which is sweet, focused and very persistent.
JR 93
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, April 2010
Brooding crimson. Brooding and leathery on the nose. Male-dressing-room aromas. Plus, indeed, liquorice. Very firm on the finish but with attractive dusty ripe fruit on the front palate. Very convincing, with rather more... Brooding crimson. Brooding and leathery on the nose. Male-dressing-room aromas. Plus, indeed, liquorice. Very firm on the finish but with attractive dusty ripe fruit on the front palate. Very convincing, with rather more flesh than most young Hermitage. Relatively forward, although there is absolutely no shortage of tannins. 18/20
JJB 96
Chuck Hayward - JJ Buckley, March 2011
100% syrah. Opaque at the core with a vibrant purple rim. This sample shows off pronounced oak at the moment with attractive notes of vanilla and blackberries. There's gobs of concentrated fruit at the core that are just... 100% syrah. Opaque at the core with a vibrant purple rim. This sample shows off pronounced oak at the moment with attractive notes of vanilla and blackberries. There's gobs of concentrated fruit at the core that are just starting to get breadth and texture. Thanks to some attractive acidity the finish is long and lingering and buttressed by some stong yet finely structured tannins. Tasted as a barrel sample three months before release.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2009

Label

Ermitage wines possess a rich historical past. They were appreciated as early on as Roman times when they were enjoyed (as well as Cote Rotie wines) under the name of "Vienne wines" and were later to be called "Saint Christopher's hillside wines" because of a chapel there bearing the saint's name. They were also to be known of as “Tournon wines".

The name of Ermitage probably first appeared in the 17th Century in memory of Henry Gaspard, a knight from Sterimberg who, having come back from the Crusades (in the 13th Century) and tired of waging war, lived as a hermit on a hillside which had been given to him by Anne of Castille, Queen of Spain. There he planted a vineyard.

Chapoutier’s 100% Syrah comes from the Greffieux, situated at the foot of the Hermitage hill. The soil is made up of glacial alluvial deposit composed of shingles and clay. Les Greffieux has a steady garnet red color. On the nose are aromas of small black fruits, ink and black pepper. The wine has powerful tannins and hints of liquorice. Depending on the vintage, it can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.