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M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne Rouge
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M. Chapoutier Hermitage Monier de la Sizeranne Rouge 2014

Hermitage, Northern Rhone, Rhone Valley, FranceAll syrah, la Sizeranne grows on sandy limestone alluvial soils with varying clay content, Tournon granite, and aeolian silt, including decomposed granite from the plots located at the top of the slopes. The parcels involved blend different soils from west to east: Les Bessards, Le Méal, and Les Greffieux. It’s all vinified on indigenous yeast in concrete before ageing 18 months ageing in mostly (85%) new, one and two year old French oak barrels. Expect an inviting red fruit nose with liquorice and spice. It is surprisingly round with intense blackcurrant, peppery fruit that screams Hermitage. Roast beef or ripe cheese is a terrific match. It will age effortlessly thorough 2030. Monier de la Sizeranne comes from the name of an important Tain L’Hermitage family. This family also owned the La Sizeranne vineyard. This influential Monnier family has been around since 1790: Henri Monier de la Sizeranne, senator; Maxime Monier de la Sizeranne, painter; Maurice Monier de la Sizeranne, the man responsible for creating a version of Braille (one of the reasons why Chapoutier has Braille on its bottle labels); Robert Monier de la Sizeranne, translator of Ruskin’s book. The label displays a lion, which is the Sizeranne family crest.Tasted: 16 October 2019Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: CDN 117.00 estimated retail prices Producer: M. ChapoutierDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: Shiraz/SyrahUPC: 003391181020732