"The 1996 Hermitage La Sizeranne exhibits a saturated dense purple color, a classic, smoky, cassis-scented nose, and fresh acidity nicely meshed with the wine's rich, concentrated black fruit character and high tannin. This full-bodied, muscular, backward La Sizeranne requires patience. It is aged all in cask, of which 50% were new. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020."
Vinous - 89+/100
"Ruby-red. Raw crushed berries, black cherry, shoe polish and pepper on the nose, plus an intriguing vegetal note that adds to its complexity. Sweet and supple in the mouth; again, a fruit-driven style of syrah but a distinct step up in texture and concentration from some of the other Chapoutier '96s. Solidly structured, with rather strong acidity and substantial tongue-dusting tannins. Finishes quite firm, with notes of violet and pepper."
In the Rhone Valley, or through the most beautiful regions of France and the world, the Maison M. CHAPOUTIER lets the terroir express itself.
deep garnet red, with purplish lights.
red fruit (rapberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice.
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.
Sommelier's advice: Venison fillet in red wine sauce.
Mature "Saint Félicien" cheese.
Hand harvesting at optimal maturity.
Our Hermitage “Monier de la Sizeranne” comes from a blending of different soils from West to East:
• “les Bessards”: from a granitic origin, it constitutes the “soul” of a good Hermitage.
• “le Méal”: old alluvial terraces, with a lot of gravels and shingles more or less calcareous.
• “les Greffieux”: silty soil with shingles.
Entirely destemmed, the grapes ferment
in concrete tanks.
From one to two daily treadings ensure
a good extraction. Temperature varies
between 30 and 33°C.
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.