The 2014 Ermitage Les Greffieux offers a big mouthful of fruit as well as a more gamey profile in its black olive, beef blood, smoke and ripe dark fruits. This cuvée comes from the middle of the slope (which is slightly higher up in the Greffieux parcel) and is aged in 20% new oak. Drink this full-bodied, meaty, rich and unctuous beauty anytime over the coming two decades.
Dense for the vintage, but with good restraint, as the core of lightly mulled plum, blackberry and black currant fruit rolls along, flecked with dried anise and mint notes. Shows a licorice root underpinning on the finish, with a frank loamy accent. Best from 2018 through 2030. 10 cases imported.
Cask sample. Sedimentary soils and one of the classic ingredients in the blend of Hermitage. Very complete and forward. Massive wine that seems to hold little in reserve. Classic textbook instructive Hermitage. Long and savoury. Relatively open. Jancis Robinson