Getting to know red Hermitage

Red Hermitage
The hill of Hermitage is situated on the east bank of the Rhône.

Compared to the southern Rhône, the northern Rhône is easy to understand. All the appellations follow a narrow strip of land that follows the west bank of the river for 60km, from Vienne in the north to Valence in the south.


Leading producers of red Hermitage:

Domaine JL Chave, M Chapoutier, Domaine Marc Sorrel

Under-the-radar options:

Domaine Bernard Faurie, Domaine Fayolle Fils & Fille, Domaine Yann Chave

Reliable, good value red Hermitage:

Domaine Marc Sorrel, Classique, Hermitage
Domaine Yann Chave, Hermitage
Fayolle Fils & Fille, Les Dionnières, Hermitage
Domaine du Colombier Hermitage

Red Hermitage key facts:

AOC Hermitage created in 1937
70% of Hermitage production is red wine
Permitted varieties Principally Syrah (can technically include 15% Marsanne, and/or Roussanne)
Climate Warm continental, very sunny with northerly winds
Annual production 3,602 hectolitres (2018)
Average yield 38hl/ha
Top recent vintages for red Hermitage 2015, 2010, 2015

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