Red, Ready, but will keep

2000 L'Hermitage, St Emilion

2000 L'Hermitage, St Emilion

Red | Ready, but will keep | Chateau l'Hermitage | Code:  877 | 2000 | France > Bordeaux > St-Emilion | Merlot | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol


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WA - Made from a vineyard situated near Angelus and Beau-Sejour-Becot, this 600-case blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc is fashioned from low yields and is put through a pre-fermentation cold maceration. The rich, pure, concentrated, opaque purple-colored 2000 displays all the hallmarks of this great vintage - power, intensity, depth, ripeness, and moderately high tannin. Dense and impressive, it will be drinkable between 2004-2015.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. - 28/02/2002

The Producer

Chateau l'Hermitage

Chateau l'Hermitage

Château l'Hermitage is the deluxe cuvée wine produced by the St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé property, Château Matras. The wine, which was first made in 1997, is produced from a tiny 4-hectare vineyard, which lies adjacent to Château Matras as well as being sandwiched between the vineyards of Château Angélus and Château Beauséjour-Bécot.

The grapes at Château l'Hermitage (90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc) are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness and are then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats. The wine is then matured in 100% new oak barrels for 18 month before being bottled. It is neither fined nor filtered.

The first 3 vintages of Château l'Hermitage have been much praised by critics and consumer alike and this is wine is fast becoming one of St-Emilion's most opulent and hedonistic offerings.

The Grape



The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

The Region



St Emilion is one of Bordeaux's largest producing appellations, producing more wine than Listrac, Moulis, St Estèphe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux put together. St Emilion has been producing wine for longer than the Médoc but its lack of accessibility to Bordeaux's port and market-restricted exports to mainland Europe meant the region initially did not enjoy the commercial success that funded the great châteaux of the Left Bank. 

St Emilion itself is the prettiest of Bordeaux's wine towns, perched on top of the steep limestone slopes upon which many of the region's finest vineyards are situated. However, more than half of the appellation's vineyards lie on the plain between the town and the Dordogne River on sandy, alluvial soils with a sprinkling of gravel. 

Further diversity is added by a small, complex gravel bed to the north-east of the region on the border with Pomerol.  Atypically for St Emilion, this allows Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon to prosper and defines the personality of the great wines such as Ch. Cheval Blanc.  

In the early 1990s there was an explosion of experimentation and evolution, leading to the rise of the garagistes, producers of deeply-concentrated wines made in very small quantities and offered at high prices.  The appellation is also surrounded by four satellite appellations, Montagne, Lussac, Puisseguin and St. Georges, which enjoy a family similarity but not the complexity of the best wines.

St Emilion was first officially classified in 1954, and is the most meritocratic classification system in Bordeaux, as it is regularly amended. The most recent revision of the classification was in 2012

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