Talk about a winery with history; Château l’Ermitage has been kicking around since the 12th century. Most of that was terrible plonk made by hermits. Its modern history (and when the wine became great) started in the late 20th century when Michel and Jerome Castillon purchased the property.
Just west of the Rhone River, Nimes is a kissing cousin of Cote du Rhone villages like Sablet and Vacqueyras and can produce wines of comparable quality. Chateau L’Ermitage is one of the wineries that has put this region on the map.
Equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre, this wine displays the game-and-white-pepper fingerprint of syrah better than most 100% pure varietals do. Burnt rosemary and cigar smoke up the aroma’s interest while a core of iron-flecked granite holds up a vast layer of deep and dark fruit—lots of rich and sexy appeal to this bottling.