Friday, January 27, 2012

Chateau L'Hermitage

Country: France

Region: Bordeaux

Subregion: St. Emilion

Classification: Grand Cru, Great Growth of St. Emilion

Production: Less than 600 cases

Grape: Primarily Merlot, but a variatal of the classic grapes of Bordeaux are generally included in each vintage.

Crate design: L'Hermitage is one of the few Bordeaux crates made with color. There are actually two different colors; green and yellow. The picture is also very unique, and has a Roman numerical design for it's artwork.

Rarity: Extremely rare. With less than 600 cases made worldwide, there are fewer than 600 Chateau wine crates made per vintage.

Crate designation: Exclusive Class ($50.00)

Our opinion/history: L'Hermitage scores highly by critics and is a prestigious winery, but it's also under rated in the mainstream. The crate's design is very unlike any other Bordeaux winery. It's also one of the first Garagistes wineries, which is basically the "garage-cult" wine of the Bordeaux AOC (loosely similar to Napa cults). The vineyard is tiny and has a very small production. The chateau was established in the late 1700's and has a solid following among wine collectors.

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