Legend has it that in 1224 a Knight named Gaspard, wounded and weary from the battles of the Albigensian Crusade, was given permission by the Queen of France to recover atop a granite peak in the storied Hermitage. Through with bloodshed, Gaspard became a hermit but was soon joined by others seeking similar refuge. Together, they began to tend the area’s mythical vines. “It’s crazy to think that almost 800 years ago, a hermit on a hill walled himself off from the world and in doing so, inspired this wine,” says Ali.
The hermit is keeping to himself this year. More refined than the 2014, this wine packs a quiet punch and doesn’t explode at first sip like Cheys. It delicately coats the mouth with hints of smoke and heady tannins before fully revealing its power. Don’t be fooled by the hermit’s quiet presentation, behind the mellow facade a tiger is lurking. If you’ve got the patience, keep a few bottles in your cellar and check in with the hermit every once in awhile. We think he’s got much more to reveal with this vintage but only time will tell.