2011 Chapoutier Ermitage les Greffieux
Syrah - 750ML
  • WS 95
  • WA 94
  • IWC 94
  • JR 91

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WS 95
Wine Spectator, May 2014
Offers a mouthfilling, brambly feel, with dark plum, steeped blackberry and mulled boysenberry fruit at the core, backed by anise, singed mesquite and black tea notes that give the finish a perfumy caste. Has depth and... Offers a mouthfilling, brambly feel, with dark plum, steeped blackberry and mulled boysenberry fruit at the core, backed by anise, singed mesquite and black tea notes that give the finish a perfumy caste. Has depth and power but stays remarkably refined. Best from 2016 through 2030. – JM
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
Showing the sunny, supple and perfumed nature of the vintage, the 2011 Ermitage Les Greffieux gives up sweet red currants, blueberry, violets, graphite and spice in its medium to full-bodied, sexy style. Hard to resist... Showing the sunny, supple and perfumed nature of the vintage, the 2011 Ermitage Les Greffieux gives up sweet red currants, blueberry, violets, graphite and spice in its medium to full-bodied, sexy style. Hard to resist now, it will evolve gracefully through 2026. I liked this bottle even a tad more than when I tasted it on release. - Jeb Dunnuck
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, April 2014
Inky purple. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of blackberry liqueur, cherry-cola, Indian spices and potpourri. Shows excellent clarity and depth in the mouth, offering potent black and blue fruit... Inky purple. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of blackberry liqueur, cherry-cola, Indian spices and potpourri. Shows excellent clarity and depth in the mouth, offering potent black and blue fruit flavors and suggestions of spicecake and candied flowers. Finishes sweet, smoky and extremely long, with silky tannins adding grip. This wine transcends its vintage.
JR 91
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, June 2012
Very dark crimson. Though not that deep at the rim. Sweet, rich with a hint of bitter chocolate - not what I expect from Hermitage! Very ripe indeed. Really opulent. Rather disconcerting. The richness of the fruit almost... Very dark crimson. Though not that deep at the rim. Sweet, rich with a hint of bitter chocolate - not what I expect from Hermitage! Very ripe indeed. Really opulent. Rather disconcerting. The richness of the fruit almost totally obscures the tannin. A very strong statement. You could almost drink it now! 17.5/20
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Vintage 2011
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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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.