Monier de la Sizeranne Hermitage 2015
“Ripe and focused, with brightness to the plum, red currant and black cherry fruit that races through, lined with subtle alder, sanguine and iron hints. The tight-grained finish shows nice underlying tension. Best from 2022 through 2035.”
APPEARANCE: Deep garnet red, with purplish highlights
NOSE:: Red fruit (raspberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of licorice.
PALATE: Good attack, round and elegant wine with concentrated and gentle tannins. The final is on blackcurrant, raspberry and spicy (pepper) aromas when it is young
VARIETAL: 100% Syrah
TERROIR: Comes from a blending of different soils from West to East: “les Bessards”: granitic origin, it constitutes the “soul” of a good Hermitage; “Le Méal”: old alluvial terraces with a lot of gravels and shingles; “Les Greffieux”: silty soil with shingles.
VINIFICATION: Hand-harvested at maturity. Entirely destemmed, the grapes ferment in concrete tanks. One to two daily treadings ensure a good extraction of the tannins. Temperature varies between 30 ° and 33° C (86 °-91 °F).
Aging: 18 months ageing, 85% of which takes place in oak barrels, giving the wine its notes of oak. The remaining 15% is aged in concrete tanks to preserve minerality and freshness.
Suggested Pairings: Venison fillet in red wine sauce, roast beef, mature “Saint Félicien” cheese.