2009 Hermitage Rouge Classique, Marc Sorrel

Marc Sorrel is a relative new-comer to winemaking, having originally trained as a chemical engineer. All in all he rents or owns a total of 4 hectares of vineyard, primarily in and around the hill of Hermitage, with one hectare in Crozes-Hermitage. The wines are generally traditionally styled and will repay the patient, displaying great complexity and depth with time. A blend of fruit from the vineyards of Bessards, Greffieux and Plantiers, with an average vine age of 40 years, we don’t normally buy this cuvée. However, this year it was impossible to resist: beautiful to look at in the glass, with vibrant scents of violet, cassis and cream. Fine-grained tannins and deep, almost savoury notes are balanced by an attractive freshness. M. Sorrel stated this is the best ‘Classique’ he has ever produced.

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  • Region & country
    Hermitage, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
  • Maturity
    Ready 2014 - 2024
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  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2009 Hermitage Rouge Classique, Marc Sorrel
Domaine Marc Sorrel

Marc Sorrel makes excellent wines on the legendary hill of Hermitage, from superbly situated parcels of old vines. A dedicated grower, he’s most often found tending to the vines, with little interest promoting his handiwork. His holdings are small (just 2.55 hectares) and production of two whites and two reds is low. However, his dedication in the vineyard and traditional methods in the winery lead to wines which are impressive year on year, displaying ever greater complexity as they age.

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