Powerful yet elegant, is the only thing that comes to mind when drinking the 2016 M. Chapoutier Ermitage “Les Greffieux.” Like a cheetah running wild through an African safari this wine dominates it's environment with prestige and elegance.
The grapes are fully destemmed before being vinified in cement vats. A long maceration allows a gentle tannin extraction. The wine is aged for 18 months in 25% new oak barrels.
Tasting notes: 100% Syrah. In the glass, the wine showcases garnet red. The nose is enveloped by aromas of small black fruits, ink and black pepper. The palate boasts powerful tannins with hints of liquorice.
Capture this bottle and bring home the ultimate prize. Wild, exotic fruit intermixed with spice and smoked earth deliver strength and sophistication. Channel your wild side after decanting for 60 minutes and enjoy underneath a setting sun.
From the deeper soils at the bottom of the Le Méal lieu-dit, the 2016 Ermitage Les Gréffieux was all destemmed and saw its normal 18 months in a mix of Burgundy barrels and demi-muids, with just 25% being new. This is a rich, powerful, black-fruited expression of this cuvée, offering up tons of blackcurrants, blackberries, smoked earth, chocolate, and spice. Inky colored, full-bodied, sensationally concentrated, and opulent on the palate, it's a killer bottle of wine that can be drunk today or cellared for 25 years or more. ~98JD
Chapoutier's 2016 Ermitage les Greffieux is a perfumed, elegant expression of this historic terroir. Violet and crushed stone notes perfectly complement the cedar and baking spices of new oak in framing ripe blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated yet silky in feel, it adds savory notes of black olive and licorice on the long, mouthwatering finish. ~97RP
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