The Hermitage boasts a rich, dense past. The Romans already knew of and enjoyed the ¿Vienna Wines¿ (alongside the Côte-Rôtie wines) that were then named ¿wines of the Saint-Christophe hillside¿ due to a chapel located there dedicated to the saint. It was in the 17th century that the name Hermitage appeared, in memory of a knight returning from the Crusades who had tired of war and who is said to have lived as a hermit on this hill owned by Anne of Castile, Queen of Spain. He is said to have replanted a vineyard here, which has since been known as the "Hermitage". The Hermitage white enjoys the same reputation as its red cousin. Full-bodied and rich, it is less heady and drier than a Condrieu. Blessed with fantastic ageing potential, it develops an incredible richness of aromas characterised by notes of hazelnut and dried apricot.
The best vintages for Hermitage :
2006, 2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1985, 1983, 1982, 1978
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