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Monier de la Sizeranne - Hermitage

Monier de la Sizeranne - Hermitage




Hermitage 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 Hermitage probably first appeared in the XVIIth Century in memory of Henry Gaspard, a knight from Sterimberg : who having come back from the Crusades (in the XIIIth Century) and tired of waging war, lived as a hermite on a hillside which had been given to him by Anne of Castille,Queen of Spain.


There he planted a vineyard. Alexander Dumas as well as the Tsar Nicholas II are among the many connoisseurs of this particularly highly estimated wine.


GRAPE VARIETY
Syrah.
SOIL
Our Hermitage 'Monier de la Sizeranne' comes from a blending of different soils from West to East: \.\. 'les Bessards': from a granitic origin, it constitutes the 'soul' of a good Hermitage. \.\. 'le Meal': old alluvial terraces, with a lot of gravels and shingles more or less calcareous. \.\. 'les Greffieux': silty soil with shingles.
HARVEST
Hand harvesting at optimal maturity.
WINEMAKING
Entirely destemmed, the grapes ferment in concrete tanks. From one to two daily treadings ensure a good extraction. Temperature varies between 30 and 33C.

MATURING
The ageing is performed in oak casks between 12 and 14 months. This gives to the wine woody aromas which are a component of the bouquet. Several rackings allow a slow and natural clarification.
TASTING
COLOUR : deep garnet red, with purplish lights.
NOSE : red fruit (rapberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice.
MOUTH : good attack, round and elegant wine with concentrated and gentle tannins. The final is on blackcurrant, raspberry and spicy (pepper) aromas when it is y

Bottle Size: .750

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