2015 Domaine du Colombier Hermitage

Year: 2015
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 97
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%


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"Full-bodied, rich and velvety, the 2015 Hermitage is surprisingly approachable. It features savory notes of horse sweat, leather and clove, a round, supple mouthfeel and a long finish. I'd opt to drink this relatively young, unlike many other 2015s." (WA)

"Lurid violet. Powerful, complex aromas of dark fruit liqueur, licorice and potpourri, along with a sexy floral overtone and a smoky mineral flourish. Coats the palate with sweet black and blue fruit flavors, while a sappy violet pastille nuance adds an exotic touch. Chewy tannins shape an impressively long, spice-accented finish that shows excellent delineation." (VM)

'The 2015 Hermitage comes from the Les Doignières and Les Beaumes lieux-dits which are more clay and limestone soils. It's another sensational Hermitage from this magical hillside that I wish every reader could taste. Cassis, damp earth, liquid violets and a liqueur of rocks-like profile emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated and powerful Hermitage, which has no shortage of extract or tannin. It's for consumers with cold cellars and plenty of patience as it's going to require at least 4-5 years of cellaring.

This was another terrific lineup of wine from owner/winemaker Florent Vale. Pulling from roughly 13 hectares in Crozes-Hermitage (mostly around the villages of Mercurol and Tain) and just under two hectares in Hermitage, Laurent’s wines see a traditional vinification followed by aging mostly in older demi-muids, with new oak kept to around 20% for most of the cuvées. These are classic, textbook examples of their appellations and the 2015s are beautiful across the board." (JD)