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Gilles Robin Hermitage 2019
Gilles Robin Hermitage 2019
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Gilles Robin Hermitage 2019

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Certified Organic
Variety: 100% Syrah
Country Region: France, Northern Rhône Valley
Appellation: Hermitage

Less than 3000 bottles produced from vines planted in 1972 towards the bottom of the lieu-dit Les Bessards. Gilles does all the vineyard work for these vines working organically. The fruit is de-stemmed before a 21-25 day vinification then aging in 2 demi-muids before bottling unfined and unfiltered after 24 months elevage.  This wine is fresh and detailed with old vine intensity expanding on the palate finishing with notable earthy minerality and impressive persistence. Will develop and evolve over a decade or more. Impressively fresh, detailed and intense. A superb representation for this great vineyard.

Review for the 2015 vintage
‘The 250-case 2015 Hermitage comes all from the famed les Bessards lieu-dit and will see two years in new French oak. It’s a big, fleshy, gorgeously layered and sexy red that has lots of tannin, full-bodied richness, tons of cassis, black raspberry and graphite aromatics, with a finish that won't quit. It’s a dead serious Hermitage that’s going to require patience.’ (94-96) points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, December 2016.

‘2019 is clearly a vintage of extremely high quality & marks the fifth straight stellar year for the region.’ Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 2020.

Gilles Robin

The Robin family have grown grapes in Crozes-Hermitage for generations, but until 1995 they were always sold to the local cooperative in Tain l'Hermitage. Today, Gilles estate bottles his entire production and consistently produces some of the very best wines of this appellation. Gilles has just 15 hectares, however most of those vineyards are fully mature at more than 40 years old.

The estate has several plots of land in the favoured ‘Les Chassis’ district just south of the Hermitage hill. The soils in this area consist of large amounts of smooth pudding stones ‘galets’ and red clay from the route the Rhône river once flowed. These richer clay based soils give a wine that is typically rounder and more generous than from some other areas of the appellation.

Owing to the large amount of mature old vines at this estate most of the wine produced is of the premium “Alberic Bouvet” cuvee. This cuvee is produced from vines averaging 40 years age. Picking is done by hand and yields are kept low at around 38 hl/ha. In the ripest years a small percentage of stems are allowed in the ferment and the wine is aged in barriques (and increasingly in larger 450 litre barrels) for about 15 months with about 15% new barrels used each year.

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