Medium ruby. Distinctly rustic aromas of meat, leather, black olive, pepper and blood sausage. Dense, rich and aromatic in the mouth, but still a bit youthfully stunted. Very concentrated for this cuvee Finishes with flavors of game and saddle leather, and substantial mouthcoating tannins.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2001
Wine Advocate | Rating: 87
The 1998 Hermitage, which emerges primarily from such vineyard sites as Greffieux, Vignon, and Bessards, was totally closed when tasted. It displayed a dense ruby/purple color, a hint of blackberry fruit, and a boatload of tannin. However, it finished with a Bordeaux-like austere character. When sampled last year, I predicted this 1998 would be outstanding, but I am backing off. It requires a minimum of 4-5 years of cellaring, but the tough tannin is cause for concern. It should keep for 15-20 years.