Tasting session (13/09/22) (part 2)
Château Rieussec "R" de Rieussec Bordeaux Blanc (sec) 2020
Pascal & Nicolas Reverdy Sancerre Cuvée "Les Anges Lots" Loire Valley 2019
William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" Burgundy 2019
M. Chapoutier Hermitage "Chante-Alouette" Northern Rhone Valley 2018
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite, Rhone, France (White & Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Oree Blanc, Rhone, France (White)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal, Rhone, France (White & Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Les Greffieux Rouge, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Ermitage Vin de Paille, Rhone, France (Sweet White)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage Chante-Alouette, Rhone, France (White)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage Mure de Larnage, Rhone, France (Red)
- M. Chapoutier Hermitage, Rhone, France (Red)
- "Ermitage" is used for the "Sélections Parcellaires" ("parcel or plot selections"), meaning from one parcel/plot of vines (within the Hermitage hill), producing wines offering the best expression of the "terroir" they come from (*).
- "Hermitage" is used for wines crafted from a blend of various parcels/plots of Hermitage Hill.
- Specific soil and subsoil composition
- Sun exposure
- Natural drainage due to the slope inclination
- Surroundings that may influence the vine and grape growth cycle (flora, fauna, stone wall, trees, etc..)
- Micro-climate due to various surrounding factors (height and position on the hill, proximity to the top or the bottom, proximity to the Rhone river, etc..)
- Age of the vines (which is different as some vines or even entire plots may have been replanted, and are therefore younger than others).
- Vineyard management (due to all the above)
- “Le Méal”, is characterized by a soil of very old fluvioglacial alluvial deposits with a high pebble content.
- “Les Murets”: whose soil is clay-gravel. Its red clays give the wines a full, rich character.
- “Chante-Alouette”: a high-lying terroir whose soil is a mixture of loess and very finely decomposed granite. It gives the wine freshness, salinity, and acidity