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The youngest vines used for this cuvée are 60-years-old and this old-vine fruit provides a delicious complexity to a tremendous Hermitage. The nose is intensely scented with notes of violet, pepper and damson fruit. These notes carry through onto the palate, where they are framed by fine-grained and supremely ripe tannins and a beautifully-freshening acidity. The finish is long and delicious, with more exotic notes of clove and dark chocolate coming through at the end. Incredibly fine, this should be an unmissable wine for any lover of Northern Rhône and Syrah.
Like so many of the whites in this vintage, this is an absolute delight. Made predominantly from Marsanne and just 5% Roussanne, with no new oak utilised and bottled without filtration, the fruit characters are able to sing. Notes of lemon, pear and frangipane are vibrantly evident on the nose and palate. Rich and mouthfilling, but given backbone by zesty acidity and a steely minerality, this is at once appealing, restrained and great.
Established in 1854, Lay & wheeler is an international fine wine merchant specialising in en primeur, in bond and fine wine sales, cellerage and broking.
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Holton St Mary,
Suffolk CO7 6NN.
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